I'm a gardening expert and here are my top tips for hay fever-friendly gardening

A beautiful summer English wildflower meadow with a vibrant yellow sunflower in Hazy sunshine
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The arrival of warm weather, flowers bursting into bloom and increased time spent outdoors in gardens sounds like a great thing to some. But for almost a third of the UK population, this spells disaster.

I am talking of course about hay fever sufferers. According to Allergy UK, Allergic rhinitis affects 29% of people. When triggered by pollen these individuals experience symptoms such as "sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, itchy or watery eyes, itchy throat or ears, coughing and fatigue," they say.

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Fiona Jenkins

A landscaper and gardening expert with over 25 years of experience in the industry. Currently she works for MyJobQuote as their resident expert on all things gardening. She is highly knowledgeable and her expertise have featured in many reputable publications.

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James Ewens

James Ewens is commercial director of Green Feathers, bird box camera and wildlife specialists, and is a self-proclaimed garden enthusiast. James is passionate about all things to do with nature, gardening and wildlife. When he's not tending to his own outdoor space, he's usually checking on his bird and hedgehog cameras. 

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Thorrun Govid

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Teresa Conway
Deputy editor on Homebuilding & Renovating

Teresa was part of a team that launched Easy Gardens in 2018 and worked as the Editor on this magazine. She has extensive experience writing and editing content on gardens and landscaping on brands such as Homes & Gardens, Country Homes & Interiors and Living Etc magazine. She has developed close working relationships with top landscape architects and leading industry experts, and has been exposed to an array of rich content and expertise.

In 2020 Teresa bought her first home. She and her partner worked alongside architects and builders to transform the downstairs area of her two bedroom Victorian house in north London into a usable space for her family. Along the way she learned the stresses, woes and joys of home renovation, and is now looking to her next project, landscaping the back garden.