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.
Well done this is great
just received reply from Thames water - basically no we can't water new plantings and new lawns with hose only with water can or drip/ trickle irrigation - oh but we can continue to pressure wash patios and decking as part of a garden refurbishment even if it doesnt need it...
I cant see why I should change from designing planting schemes that, once established, will require very little if any watering to ones which will require a drip irrigation system - surely, long term that would use more water? and requires my clients to increase their budget...
hopefully have attached aforesaid document
I can see that I will have to be undertaking a lot of pressure washing patios now. As that seems to be the way that Thames Water consider suitable for me to MAKE A LIVING. Grrrrrrrr
Exactly - Gary.
If I remember correctly on the hosepipe restrictions in 2006 you were allowed to pressure wash your outdoor plastic furniture, so the plan was to place all the furniture in the middle of the lawn etc.
I have a window cleaning friend & a chauffeur friend who suggested a similar option - ie he would wash his windows/ limo just after we've planted a new border for example...
Well done Ben and Caro! Well done Phil and everyone on Landscape Juice Network who has supported this campaign! And well done Hew (new member from Shoots & Leaves who was on the London local news yesterday). We can't claim victory as the water companies seem resolute, but at least we got our voices heard - and on two national news channels too!
I really hope our businesses don't suffer too badly in the coming months... but if they are already talking about the ban being extended until well into the autumn and possibly into 2013, it's pretty scary.
Well done Ben and thank you for doing this on behalf of LJN.
I know you recorded a lot more that was shown and sadly the Beeb didn't add LJN in the caption but you were great, well done.
I'll be watching at 10.00pm (11.00pm here) and maybe they'll show more:)
Thanks too to Caro for agreeing at very short notice to give up her time for LJN:)
Ben Lannoy said:
6 o'clocks piece was edited a lot so let's hope we get more of the 28 day exemption and the LJN as was mentioned in depth!
Unfortunately you can't pick what they edit. Jeremy (Cooke) did say that the 6 oclock was a bit more light hearted and the 10 got down to the more serious stuff so fingers crossed we'll get more at 10!!
Here's a link to Caro's piece on Channel 4 - http://www.channel4.com/news/catch-up/display/playlistref/050412/cl...