Hosepipe ban relaxed for gardening firms

Thames Water has relaxed its hosepipe ban for landscaping, turf and gardening firms following the record amount of rainfall last month and showers earlier this month. Firms will be able to use a hosepipe to water newly laid turf and plants for up to 28 days after they have been planted. However, the ban, which was imposed on the 5th of April, will still apply to the firm’s customers.

Thames Water’s sustainability director, Richard Aylard, said: “Our restrictions have caused real difficulties for some gardening businesses.

“We are relieved to be in a position to take this step, which will enable them to carry on designing, landscaping, maintaining and building new features and gardens, while safeguarding their livelihoods and those of their employees.”

He added that firms would “be able to water where necessary to get new gardens, lawns and plants established, and their clients will be able to continue this for up to 28 days”.