While the recent rain is most welcome after weeks of drought, we will need much more rain to get back to previous levels. You may not know that the Wellesbourne River runs north-south about 35 metres under Preston Park, and pumps are in place around the park so it can be used to water the trees and flower beds, such as the Rose Garden. As this river is not mains water, it’s not subject to hosepipe bans, and keeps the soil moist deep down to the benefit of the larger trees during drought conditions. In addition, CityParks staff have been watering without fail, twice a week, recently planted trees including those in our cherry blossom walk and the fruit trees, usually early in the morning before most people are about.
A big thank you to them for their hard work.