NFU national horticulture board member Sarah Fairhurst has accused a council of a kneejerk reaction to the drought by slashing its bedding displays.
Guildford Borough Council has cut floral planting by 60 per cent in six years.
Fairhurst said: “It has done this without consulting properly. I don’t think it’s setting a good example. We have given advice on how to water plants as efficiently as possible. I would encourage the council to go for different water efficiency techniques, rather than reducing its bedding orders.”
Guildford head of parks and countryside Chris Bruce said it will keep some floral displays because tourists, retailers and local growers want them. But he has replaced “really thirsty” plants, such as Impatiens, with sustainable herbaceous planting. He also plans to use dechlorinated swimming pool water and is studying old maps for disused wells.
Last month, it requisitioned a disused boating lake to use as a reservoir for water displays.
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