Watering gardens only accounts for a small percentage of our water use, but it tends to come at the most difficult times, when supplies are already short. Many rivers in England are already dangerously low in summer because so much water is taken from them, and the resulting low flows can have serious impacts on river life.

One of the best ways to avoid using a hosepipe to water borders is to add mulches (mulch your borders), especially in spring after heavy rain, when the soil is still very wet.

It helps to remember that there’s no need to water your lawn in a drought. Grass has evolved over millions of years to go brown in dry weather. It will recover completely when the autumn rains fall.