New environment minister faces Early Day Motion on hosepipe ban

An Early Day Motion criticising hosepipe ban legislation and calling for its reform has been laid.

Newly appointed DEFRA minister David Miliband is to face an Early Day Motion (EDM) on the hosepipe ban. All-Party Parliamentary Gardening & Horticulture Group vice-chairman Christopher Fraser MP has laid the EDM, which voices concern over hosepipe bans and calls for changes in the law. The HTA has backed the move and has organised a letter for members hit by the ban to send to their MP. An HTA representative said: “The lack of logic and discriminatory nature of the hosepipe ban has led to the Early Day Motion being laid.” Meanwhile, Environment Agency chief executive Baroness Young has called on gardeners to act responsibly during what could be the worst drought for 100 years. Young said: “We should not be looking for loopholes in the hosepipe and other bans — we should be finding ways to save water and care for the environment, irrespective of what the regulations require of us. “If we get a hot, dry summer, this could be the worst drought in 100 years,” she added. “By having plants and shrubs that are tolerant to drought and laying mulches to help prevent water evaporation and control weeds, it is possible to keep gardens well tended while reducing the amount of water needed.”

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