Some excellent news.
It's been a very busy week in LJN towers and I'm pleased to say, unless there is a major news item to overtake tomorrow's events, that Landscape Juice's hosepipe exemption campaign will be one of the headline news items on either BBC 6 or 10 O'Clock national news (possibly even both) and C4 News (7.00pm) tomorrow evening.
All of our collective hard work is really starting to pay off. The BBC tell me that around 8 million people watch the 6 O'Clock news.
Filming for the BBC news item took place today in a garden at Hindhead with LJN member Ben Lannoy and tomorrow's C4 filming will take place (fingers crossed) with Caro Sanders at a garden she's just completed in Ealing.
Both the BBC and C4 picked up on our extensive coverage of the hosepipe ban and our petition.
Both also told me that the threat to professional landscapers and gardeners is an angle that hasn't been part of the national debate until now.
Brilliant news thats fantastic to get our views and effects it has accross to the public
Well done to all.
Other Industry bodies sit on their hands, yet again, whilst LJN works for our industry, again!!
I've just spoken to Ben and he tells me it went well today.
The reporter was Jeremy Cooke.
It's not going to be a long piece - they recorded 8-10 minutes - but LJN and its petition gets a mention and they've promised to add LJN as a caption when Ben comes on.
Having said that, even if they cut out LJN, at least we've managed to bring the issue to mainstream media;-0)
Brilliant - well done Phil and Ben. And good luck Caro tomorrow!
Will be interesting to see the angle. As with any media, it can get over the wrong message, as it could so easily do so here. There does not want any suggestion put into viewers minds that they should postpone works until the autumn, but more a case of how difficult it is to carry out the work - too many reports of landscapers having work postponed when the point should be being made as to how ridiculous it is given the very small proportion of water gardening consumes in comparison to the water wasted in homes, let alone leaking pipes by the companies themselves.
The worst outcome would be that viewers think that they should not garden or bother with theirs at all. Personally would prefer to see landscapers giving sound advice as to how you can get around the drought and still plant, though concede that some soils (chalk, clay) make it harder.
Well done to all that are involved....a credit to yourselves, LJN and the industry.
good luck to Caro - I shall be GLUED to my telly all evening. Hopefully said telly has automatically retuned itself yesterday after the digitial change over stuff.
Have just managed to post this onto the front page of my website www.plewsgardendesign.co.uk - then will use the 'share on fb' link & twitter @plewsgd
I dutifully tweeted & FBd & Google + last night - and mentioned at networking yesterday & today ...
- so hopefully a few people will get the message to watch tonight - oh yes, and take action...hint, hint water companies
totally off topic - emma - I met someone who knows you this morning - not a garden designer - Michael Strachonowski?