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Rain Gardens

8. July 2012

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A rain garden takes the rain from your roof and puts it to good use. Even a small terraced house gets 4000 gallons on each side of the roof. Rain gardens are nothing new, In the Mediterranean, sun-kissed gardeners have been building sinks to store rain water for hundreds of years. More recently, rain water […]

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Rainwater harvesting

6. July 2012

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The average Briton now uses 150 litres of water every day. That’s almost double what we used in the 1960s. But only a third of households in UK currently have water meters. That makes us almost unique in Europe and some experts say it’ll have to change. Nicci Russell of environmental pressure group Waterwise thinks […]

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RHS watering advice

5. July 2012

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RHS have produced this short video as the final episode of their National Gardening Week  series. Rebecca Bevan signs off with the art of watering your plants – rather simple advice but hopefully useful once it stops raining ! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emM8MMK_SSA&feature=share

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Buy water butts

5. July 2012

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Buy water butts

Capture some of the heavy rain falling in the UK at the moment  by installing a water butt. You can buy water butts everywhere now – on line, in garden centres, supermarkets and even garages . There are many different types, shapes and sizes – try to buy water butts using re-cycled materials  if possible. […]

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How can I get a water metre?

25. June 2012

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How can I get  a water metre?

Most gardeners use more water in the summer which is why it is a good idea to have a water metre installed  http://www.uswitch.com/water/what-water-meter Many water companies do not charge to have a water metre and it is such an easy thing to do: There are over 20 companies supplying water in England and Wales and […]

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Hose pipe ban lifted – what about leaks?

14. June 2012

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From today more than 15 million people in the south and east of England are able to fill paddling pools and water lawns now the hosepipe bans are lifted Three of the UK’s biggest water companies – Anglian Water, Southern Water and Thames Water have ended their restrictions. However, four companies – South East Water, […]

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Hose pipe ban – 1976 memories

3. May 2012

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Hose pipe ban – 1976 memories

Read this summary of the devastating drought of 1976 . A reminder of the serious effects that drought can have in the UK – despite the ongoing rain! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/9206373/1976-drought-how-Britain-coped.html      

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Stand pipes in 2013?

2. May 2012

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The UK, one of the most advanced western nations, is considering plans to introduce stand pipes for certain areas in 2013 if the country experiences another dry winter. The water industry in England and Wales currently  loses 3.36 billion litres of water a day in leaks. They are  investing some of their huge profits in improvements […]

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Weather, climate and jet streams

29. April 2012

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Weather, climate and jet streams

What is going on with UK weather at the moment.The position of the jet stream is apparently responsibile for our very wet weather. http://metofficenews.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/sunny-march-wet-april-how-the-jet-stream-is-partly-to-blame/ Are these movements of  the jet stream and the resulting extreme weather one of the results of climate change? http://www.teachersdomain.org/resource/ttv10.sci.ess.jet/ The difference between weather and climate is a measure of time. […]

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Save water in yr garden

31. March 2012

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Beat Drought in your garden  Discover new ways to save water in your garden. Watch this informative video from the National Trust http://www.vimeo.com/10868252

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