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Rain needed for gardens

31. March 2012

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Rain needed for gardens

        With the current drought seriously affecting UK gardens any drop of rain is like liquid gold. Rainwater harvesting in the UK has increased by approximately 300% in the last two years Rainharvesting can replace up to 50% of a household mains water consumption, and up to 85% on commercial installations Collecting […]

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Hosepipe ban – top plants for 2012

30. March 2012

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Hosepipe ban – top plants for 2012

2012 is definitely the year to think about sourcing plants that require less water in your garden. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardeningadvice/7885713/Top-10-plants-to-beat-a-hosepipe-ban.html                            

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Water butts to beat hose pipe ban

26. March 2012

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Water butts to beat hose pipe ban

It appears that sales of water butts have rocketed  in order to beat the hosepipe ban. Great news that people are thinking about collecting rain.! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/9162888/Gardeners-rush-for-water-butts-ahead-of-hosepipe-ban.html Good also to think about what you plant this summer and choose drought tolerant plants to keep your garden looking good – with no rain or hose-pipes! http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=396  

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Hosepipe ban to hit gardeners

14. March 2012

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The Guardian provides excellent reports on the current lack of water in the South of England: “The government has declared drought in the southeast and warned that other parts of the country are in danger of drying up, too. For two winters in a row the UK has had unseasonably low rainfall. Now the government, […]

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What is a rain garden?

10. February 2012

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Rain gardens were initially developed in the States around 15-20 years ago and spread rapidly to Australia and New Zealand.http://www.arc.govt.nz/environment/water/stormwater/a-home-raingarden.cfm The concept was first promoted as a way for gardeners to contribute to reducing the growing problem of severe flash flooding in towns and cities. The idea is that the garden soaks up as much, if […]

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Thames Water tackles drought threat

12. January 2012

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Lack of rain in Southern England continues to be a problem and Thames Water today  launched a campaign to try to prevent a serious drought this year.It aims to make residents near the River Lee north of London and the River Darent to the south use water wisely. The company said last year’s “exceptionally dry weather” means the threat of […]

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UK faces water rationing in 2012

26. November 2011

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Firms providing water to around half the population said that some of the driest weather on record over the last year has left stocks seriously depleted.With temperatures still unseasonably mild, families are being urged to save water over the coming months as Britain faces the first winter drought in nearly a decade. Thames Water and […]

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Bonfire night brings precious white rain

4. November 2011

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Bonfire night brings precious white rain

Looks like wellies and waterproofs for bonfire night celebrations this weekend with the Met Office predicting heavy downpours. http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/se/london_forecast_weather.html With all the fun of the fireworks it is easy to forget that rain could be one of our most precious commodities in the future.Population growth, climate change, drought conditions and the restriction of sufficiently large fresh […]

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7 billion world population v water usage

28. October 2011

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The UN is set to announce that the population of the planet has now reached seven billion people. But will this number continue to rise in future years – and if so, what could this mean http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-15445092 Water use has been growing at more than twice the rate of population increase in the last century, […]

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ebay catches the rain

6. September 2011

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Even ebay has woken up to the importance of rainwater harvesting: http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_nkw=rainwater+harvesting

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