Floral town beats the hosepipe ban

A historic flower town has been given the go-ahead to water their prize-winning plants

Published: April 13th, 2012 at 2:04 pm

The historic town of Bury St Edmunds has found a way to save their flowers and beat the hosepipe ban.
The ‘Bury in Bloom’ campaign organisers were concerned that they wouldn’t be able to water their flowers with a bowser vehicle ahead of this years ‘Anglia in Bloom’ competition. But some good news from Anglian Water has put them back in the race.
The town has been told that the water must not be used from the mains, but instead from collected rain water. Speaking to the BBC, Bury in Bloom’s Julia Rackowe said: “We were incredibly concerned that we would not be able to water one of Britain’s floral towns. As it’s not a hosepipe, then we are okay, so we’re delighted”.
Previous ‘Britain in Bloom’ award winners, Bury St Edmunds is home to over 25,000 plants and flowers, including 220 hanging baskets. The town has managed to find a way to keep these freshly watered, too. Ms. Rackowe says they are now using reservoir baskets with a layer of water at the bottom, meaning they are now only watered twice a week instead of the usual twice a day.
She said: “We’re pretty okay with this summer water-wise”.



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