Hosepipe ban won’t stop Bloom

File photo dated 03/04/2006 of a sprinkler head as Thames Water today reassured its 8.8 million customers that hosepipe bans are unlikely this year, despite supplies starting to drop. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday June 10, 2011.  Thames, which serves London and the Thames Valley, said its reservoirs are 90% full, but urged customers to be careful in their water use as it is too early to predict what the weather will be like over summer. See PA story CITY Thames. Photo credit should read:Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
File photo dated 03/04/2006 of a sprinkler head as Thames Water today reassured its 8.8 million customers that hosepipe bans are unlikely this year, despite supplies starting to drop. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday June 10, 2011. Thames, which serves London and the Thames Valley, said its reservoirs are 90% full, but urged customers to be careful in their water use as it is too early to predict what the weather will be like over summer. See PA story CITY Thames. Photo credit should read:Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
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DROUGHT measures may be in place across Buckinghamshire and much of the country, but that will not stop the annual Aylesbury in Bloom competition going ahead, although organisers are expecting fewer entries than usual because of the hosepipe ban.

The free competition is open to all residents, organisations and schools in the Parish of Aylesbury, with various categories to suit all styles of gardening by the young and old.

But the drought measures may mean some keen gardeners struggle to keep their patches looking lively.

Despite this, Aylesbury Town Council says it has no plans to cancel the event and hopes people can use some extra initiative to overcome the ban.

Alan Norchi of Aylesbury Town Council said: “People know there is a housepipe ban in place so just need to use a bit of common sense and plant their gardens accordingly.

“We have advertised Aylesbury in Bloom and are awaiting applicants.

“We think there might be fewer entries than usual because of the difficulties some people will face.”

Mr Norchi advised the use of water butts as one way people could help their garden look lush.

The deadline for entries is at the end of May, with judging taking place in June.

Anyone wishing to enter can either visit the Aylesbury Town Council website and download an application form or call 01296425678.

Britain in Bloom is also set to go ahead after special dispensation was given by Thames Water for hanging baskets and roundabout decorations to be watered.