Designing gardens for climate adaptation – garden lecture with Mark Laurence

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation


Climate change in the UK is hard to predict because there are so many variables that impact us as an island. Will we become more Mediterranean, or will the Gulf Stream cut off and we become colder? We must be prepared for all possibilities.

The day will be divided into three parts: the first an introduction on what we might expect from our future climate, climate zone shifts, temperature increases, flooding and ecological systems decline.

The second section is on resilient design principles, how we respond to the consequences of climatic change and work with new realities. 

The third part is looking ahead further and formulating a response which goes further than resilience – which is essentially a passive reaction – to that of the creation of new (or novel) ecologies to adapt to new climatic zones and conditions. 

Find out more about the course and to book your place here.