How are commercial gardeners affected by a hosepipe ban?

This question refers to gardeners of a commercial nature and includes landscape gardeners. We suspect it may be relevant to other industries too. As with all questions related to the hosepipe ban, answers can be open to interpretation and rules are enforced differently by each water company. If in doubt, contact your local water company.

The general rule about this at the time of writing (2012) is that businesses are exempt from many hosepipe ban rules. However, in 2012 no business is allowed to go to a private property and water gardens with a hosepipe.

Update 22/05/2012

All seven water companies involved in the 2012 hosepipe bans have now altered their rules for professional gardeners. Please see this post for more information:

7 replies on “How are commercial gardeners affected by a hosepipe ban?”

I am contracted to water newly planted trees in a new housing estate and to do so I have been issued with a stand pipe from Southern water. Can I still water the trees with a hose pipe as they will not survive unwatered.

Check with your supplier they are all different. Yorkshire water as stated you can only use a hosepipe to water newly planted trees and tuft for only 14 days but not allowed to water plants

Yorkshire Water have said you can not use a hosepipe to water flower beds or established plants in private or public gardens but you can water newly laid turf for only 14 days and you cannot use a hose at all for cleaning buildings or properties. Check with your water supplier they are all different

I am gardener for a hotel can I use a hosepipe to water our plants that form a backdrop for wedding photographs ?

An unusual couple of questions perhaps.
I have sheep as a hobby and need to clean and disinfect the trailer out. I at present use a hosepipe and brush. I am not watering the garden but am at a private address. Am I still allowed to do this?
Also I wash my sheep for Shows and Displays, to get rid of the suds the only way is to use a hose pipe. Again I am not watering the garden – so can I continue?
They could be classed as commercial items.

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