Help offered to transport water

A novel way of moving water to those in short display is promoted by a grower.

A nursery manager has taken a positive step to help horticulturists who are unable to transport water because of hosepipe bans. Manager Peter Blakey of Surrey-based Plants Limited is selling or loaning containers, mostly aiming at the landscape industry, “but if someone needs to transport water around their property or on a job, our service is available”. He bought 20 former 1,000-litre fruit juice containers in Holland this year. Blakey added: “I have 15 left and I will gladly hire them out or sell them.” The 6ha nursery is in the Three Valleys water company area where a hosepipe ban came into force on Monday. * JDIH (Water and Environment) managing director James Dodds has warned growers to liaise with the Environment Agency to minimise the impact of abstraction reductions by planning future water requirements. The agency can impose temporary reductions on abstractions for spray irrigation if there is an “exceptional shortage of rain” under section 57 of the Water Resources Act 1991.

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