Kew Gardens has issued a closure notice on their website: “The Met Office have issued a severe weather warning for London and the South East predicting heavy rain and winds gusting 50-55mph. As a precaution, Kew Gardens will not be open to the public today. We apologies for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause.” http://www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens/index.htm
This statement is also in response to a tragic event yesterday . This beautilful oasis of greenery was the scene of a horrific accident when a fallen tree killed a female New Zealand visitor
The severe weather is expected to spread further across Britain over the next 24 hours with some regions bracing themselves for wind speeds of up to 70mph and rainfall of up to 66mm.
Heavy downpours, equivalent to almost a month’s worth of rain, are due in parts of the South West, northern England and Scotland. Some 12 flood warnings have been put in place for the South West and 66 flood alerts issued for other areas of the country by the Environment Agency. These include 34 in the South West, 19 in the North East, 11 in the Midlands and two in Wales.
The Environment Agency has warned people to be prepared for significant disruption on Monday and in to Tuesday. Director of operations, David Jordan, said: “We strongly urge people to sign up to flood warnings, keep a close eye on local weather forecasts and be prepared for the possibility of flooding. “We also ask that people stay safe, by staying away from swollen rivers and not attempting to drive through floodwater.”
Wild unpredictable weather is becoming a regular part of the gardening calender now. Hows your garden coping with the current storms ? Do post comments or share on the Climate Change Gardeners facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/89840638326/