Gardeners welcome decision to lift Bracknell's hosepipe banBy Hugh Fort
July 16, 2012
Bracknell’s hosepipe ban was necessary say gardeners who have welcomed the decision to lift the restrictions.
South East Water, which supplies most of Bracknell Forest, was one of the last companies to lift its hosepipe ban last Monday after its supply lakes rose by 15 feet since thanks to heavy rainfall during April and June.
Andy Maxwell, chairman of Bracknell Horticultural Association, said: “We believe the restrictions were the right course of action at the time, and consider the debate around the hosepipe ban has been largely positive.
“It has reminded us all of what a valuable resource our water supply is – especially in this part of the country.
“We always encourage our members, and the wider gardening community, to take what steps they can to make their gardens and allotments resilient to adverse environmental factors and to work sympathetically with their gardens and plots.
“This can include rainwater harvesting, planning ahead with sustainable crops and planting schemes, effective soil maintenance and targeted watering.
“There are those gardeners who may have been inconvenienced by the hosepipe ban, but given the extraordinary levels of rainfall we have experienced since the restrictions were put in place it is likely hosepipes are the last thing gardeners have been thinking of.”
Paul Seeley, South East Water’s asset director, said: “We would like to thank customers for their support while the restrictions have been in place; their efforts have helped to keep demand for water well below levels normally experienced at this time of year.”