Talks have been held between water companies and landscape associations in an attempt to avert the potential negative effects of the hosepipe ban
The seven water companies in the south and east of England will now allow “landscape gardening businesses” and “their customers” to use hosepipes for watering newly laid turf and plants, for up to 28 days after planting. Despite groundwater levels remaining exceptionally low and a hosepipe ban still in place, the April showers and May monsoons have eased the current situation.
BALI’s COO Wayne Grills said: “We are extremely appreciative of the fact that water companies have reviewed the restrictions on the landscape industry in light of the record rainfall that we have experienced. We will be asking our members to fully support the need for water efficiency and do all they can to carry out water efficient practices.”
A recent survey conducted by The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) revealed that up to 15% of its member businesses had experienced customers cancelling work and 50% stated that prospects were putting off landscape work as a result of the drought orders.
Richard Aylard, sustainability director for Thames Water, comments: “We are relieved to be in a position to take this step to allow gardening businesses to carry on designing, landscaping, maintaining and building new features and gardens, while safeguarding their livelihoods and those of their employees.”
BALI, HTA, the Turfgrass Growers Association, Landscape Institute, Institute of Groundsmanship, Royal Horticultural Society and the Society of Garden Designers will be meeting water companies again on 29 May to agree the long-term management of hosepipe bans.