15 May 2011

Drought conditions

The priority in the Holkham Walled Garden is keeping plants, trees and shrubs watered, especially the recently planted herbaceous perennial bed here near the entrance gates. Hose pipes run up and down the garden. 
The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology has confirmed drought conditions in East Anglia which has received just 12% of the average rainfall for the period in the wake of an exceptionally hot, dry April.  In its monthly summary for April, the centre said England and Wales received the lowest March and April rainfall since 1938, with a few regions suffering the lowest rain in records dating back more than 100  years.
It was the hottest April across the UK in records dating back 100 years, and a longer record for central England shows it was provisionally the warmest April in the area for more than 350 years.

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