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UK gardeners given tips to avoid wildfires as climate crisis raises risk

Scores of wildfires mean 2019 has already broken the record set during last year’s heatwave
A wildfire burns on Saddleworth Moor on 26 February 2019, the country’s hottest winter day on record. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/Getty Images

Plant aspen trees, avoid eucalyptus, and have a word with your lazy neighbour if you want to protect your property against wildfires, gardeners have been warned, as the UK faces an increasing risk of blazes from global heating.

This year has already been the worst for wildfires in the country in the last decade, perhaps longer, and comes on top of a significant rise in the number and extent of fires during last summer’s record-breaking drought and heatwave.

So far this and , as well as dozens of smaller fires across the country, caused devastation.

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