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Petition to exempt professional gardeners and landscapers from the hosepipe ban

Grassclippings - Hose Pipe BanFrom Phil Voice, Managing Editor of Landscape Juice, An Open Association of Landscape and Horticultural Industries -  

'As the dry weather intensifies we are faced with challenges to our respective businesses not ever seen before.

Even if your business has not experienced any slow down due to the dry weather so far - we already have evidence of jobs being postponed or even cancelled - then it is very likely you will do so in the coming weeks and months due to the hosepipe restrictions being imposed by water companies.

Whilst I'm sure you will agree there is a definite and worsening problem, many of us also agree that the action being taken by the water companies is disproportionate and unfair.

If there is any type of business that is sensitive to water shortages and drought, I am sure it is the landscape and garden industry that will top any list.

I have today written urgently to the seven water companies who have proposed a hosepipe ban starting 5 April 2012 and asked them to reconsider their position on hosepipes and sprinklers in respect of professional users.

Whilst there has been some ground conceded on the use of drip irrigation and watering of freshly laid turf using a hosepipe, there quite frankly isn't any hope that we can create and maintain (even save) the British landscape or do our jobs efficiently unless we have wider concessions.

Please get involved NOW before it is too late. Sign our petition and let's get working on pressuring the water companies to do more for the garden industry and quite literally, save our environment.

Please go here and sign up to the Landscape Juice petition

PLEASE ALSO SPREAD THE LINK VIA TWITTER AND FACEBOOK TO THE PETITION PAGE. THERE IS A FACILITY FOR DOMESTIC GARDENERS TO ALSO SIGN SO DO ENCOURAGE THEM TO DO SO TOO.

Together we can really make a difference'.  Visit Landscape Juice

Open sent letter to:

  • Anglian Water
  • Southern Water
  • South East Water
  • Sutton and East Surrey
  • Thames Water
  • Veolia Central
  • Veolia South East

Thank you in advance from Phil and all the Grass Clippings Team too and everyone who has a land based business.

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