Hosepipe ban


Now here’s a sight many of us won’t be seeing for a while: a sprinkler gently watering a border.

I took this pic at the Inner Temple Garden the other day, where head gardener, Andrea Brunsendorf, was giving everywhere a soaking while she still could. Today, hosepipe bans kick in in many parts of the country, which means that sprinklers and hosepipes can no longer be used.

This is challenging for any gardener, but Andrea has three acres of garden to keep looking good. In fact, she’s not actually sure whether the gardens are covered by the ban or not. On the one hand, the gardens are commercial because they’re rented out for events and are open to the public – and so could qualify for an exemption. On the other hand they’re privately owned.

The gardens must be surrounded by some of the finest legal minds in the country, but no one seems to be able to give Andrea a definitive answer. So to be on the safe side she’s installing leaky pipes, which are permitted under the ban, and putting away the hoses. And, like gardeners everywhere, she’s keeping her fingers crossed for some rain.