Eleanor Webster

'...the role of gardens in safeguarding our environment will become increasingly important'

As an undergraduate I studied Environmental Science – focusing on the implications of climate change for the wider environment. In my final year, I looked at the influence of climate change on the quality of grapes used in winemaking across three continents. Then for my PhD, I specialised in the effect of sea-level rise on carbon storage in lowland peatlands in the UK.
My first task at the RHS was to work on the Gardening in a Changing Climate report, which was completed in spring 2017. My current research project involves exploring the effects of different soil management practices on carbon storage and greenhouse gas emissions in gardens, and determining how carbon storage can be maximised without compromising plant quality.

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