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What is sustainable gardening?

Raised beds are an alternative way of gardening

Sustainable gardening is the concept of using garden practices to maintain a garden so that natural resources (such as water, peat and fuel) are not exhausted, and without causing severe ecological damage to the existing landscape.

Small changes can be made by gardeners but will have a positive effects on the environment such as:

  • Managing water effectively
  • Encouraging wildlife into your garden
  • Growing your own fruit and vegetables
  • Avoiding chemical fertilisers and pesticides
  • Avoid using natural resources such as peat




Conservation & environment leaflets

Chemicals are one topic covered in the leaflet series

The RHS plays an influential role in advising gardeners on how to combine benefits for the environment with practical gardening. Our 18 conservation and environment leaflets cover various topics.

More on the conservation & environment leaflets

Encouraging wildlife into your garden

Bumblebee on flower. Image: Andrew Halstead

Biodiversity is globally in decline and 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity. We can all play our part in making our green spaces more inviting to pollinating insects and wildlife.

How you could make a difference

Creating a wild flower meadow

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Wild flower meadows make perfect homes for a host of garden wildlife. Find out how one woman created a garden with a wild side.

The impacts of a changing climate are now firmly at the top of the scientific, political and environmental agendas. But while the big global problems of climate change are addressed in the corridors of power, what are the ramifications for UK horticulture and gardening?

Find out about gardening in a changing climate

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Front gardens campaign

Are we parking on our gardens? Credit: Paul Debois/RHS

Are we parking on our gardens? Do driveways cause flooding?

Read our Front Gardens leaflet (pdf)

Peat and the environment

Peat and the environment

Our peatlands, vital for biodiversity, carbon storage and flood risk management, are under threat -  can gardeners make a difference?