THERE were collective groans from gardeners when the hosepipe ban was announced but the Wisbech in Bloom team have come up with a green idea to keep their floral displays blooming.
For weeks, they have been taking advantage of the large amount of rainfall to collect the water in huge containers.
From the start of June, a dedicated team of volunteers will be hitting the streets to tend the 200 baskets and troughs of flowers that will be placed around the town.
The thousands of flowers and plants drink a lot of water, particularly during warmer weather, and it takes a lot to keep them looking their best to give the team its best chance during the annual Anglia in Bloom competition.
In previous years, this has not been an issue but the hosepipe ban means the In Bloom teams are unable to use the mains water supply to fill the bowsers they use for watering.
The In Bloom team is hoping for a fifth consecutive gold award in the competition.
Several Wisbech companies have stepped in to help – Nestle Purina, Moy Park and Smith’s Farm Shop, where the In Bloom plants are grown, all purchased or donated containers.
The containers have been sited at Smith’s and also at TES in Sandyland and Elgood’s Brewery.
TES owner Peter Waterfield has allowed them to put eight containers there and they have plenty of water already stored.
Penny Stocks from Wisbech in Bloom said: “We don’t want to alienate people by them thinking we’re using tap water. This is a very green thing to do.”
The team is also asking people who live or work near hanging baskets to help with the watering if it’s safe for them to do so, such as watering from an upstairs window.
They thanked everyone who has helped them with this water-gathering venture and are hoping their efforts will pay off in Anglia in Bloom.