An Over-Heated Summer

Yorkshire’s white roses will be wilting soon, especially if it becomes necessary to implement hosepipe bans in “god’s own country” as romantics sometimes call it. We learned today that our sub-continent scientists are already conducting field-trials to decide which trees are most likely to survive, under changing climatic conditions.

Right now, we’re wondering what our scientists will think of doing next….

According to the BBC, the Environment Agency has officially declared drought in parts of East Anglia and the South East, with seven water companies set to impose hosepipe bans in early April. South and East Yorkshire are also taking strain – although Yorkshire Water is holding off for now.

Our regional water supply system gives us flexibility,” a spokesperson said. “What it doesn’t give us is an unlimited supply of water, so we would always encourage our customers to only use what they need, [and] when they need it.” The spokesperson added that the company would continue to review the situation for as long “as the dry weather continues”. He also said that farmers should think twice before taking water from local rivers.

A String of Fires

Inevitably, there have been several alarming wild fires across North Yorkshire, South Wales, Dumfries & Galloway, and the Borders area too. In Scotland, grassland fires that started Monday took until the following evening to finally put out. A Dumfries fire that spread across a hilltop was visible from as far away as Workington in Cumbria.

At Prestwick, a Royal Navy fleet air squadron shifted fire fighters and their equipment in a helicopter, while at Hanging Moor in Thruscross thirty-five emergency workers battled for twelve hours to bring a wild fire under control. Worst of all was a blaze in the Swansea Valley that took out a house, a garage and a string of telephone poles.

Our Call to Action

We need to take this situation seriously and save water everywhere we can. Two successive dry winters are threatening Britain’s cherished ponds and streams and wetlands. It could take decades to rehabilitate the wading birds and aquatic insects and amphibians that have fascinated children down the centuries. Custodianship is everybody’s responsibility. Let’s do it together, and make a difference!

Tree Test and Fire pictures courtesy of BBC

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