Mayor's first ever show garden highlights water efficiency
06 Jul 2006
The Mayor of London joined by the Environment Agency and Thames Water to unveil his first ever show-garden the Sunshine Garden’ at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
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An open-top red London bus sits along one side of the garden, allowing visitors to get a prime view of the garden, which is filled with plants that thrive in dry conditions and many water-saving measures. London is experiencing a hosepipe ban and could see a drought order being enforced in the coming months. Over 170,000 visitors are expected to attend the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show this year and can pick up advice and tips on cutting down on the amount of purified water that they use on their own garden from the Mayor’s garden. The Sunshine Garden’ is the focus of a public information campaign to encourage Londoners to cut the amount of drinking water used on London’s gardens. Leaflets have been produced on how to garden using less water, which Londoners can pick up at garden centres across the capital.Mayor of London Ken Livingstone says, At a time when our summers are getting hotter and we are getting less rainfall, we cannot keep using vast amounts of drinking water on our gardens. This doesn’t mean that London should no longer have beautiful green spaces but that we just need to adapt to our changing climate and change how we garden. We need to collect rainwater in water butts, change the types of plants we use and be more efficient in the way we use water in our gardens.The garden includes water saving features like mulches, raised beds, a pergola, gravel garden, chamomile lawn, lavender hedges, a wormery, compost heap and a mediterranean section. Water butts form a key aspect of the garden, which also includes a children’s playhouse and an insect hotel. The garden is made entirely from recycled or sustainable products. At the end of July, the Sunshine Garden will transfer to London Zoo on permanent display www.london.gov.uk/sunshinegarden
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