Gardeners in Somerset and Dorset urged to support Water Saving Week Friday 17th – Friday 23rd July 2009

Added on 14 July 2009

The Gardens Group, with garden centres in Sherborne, Yeovil and Poundbury, is inviting everyone to its centres during Water Saving Week 17th - 23rd July, to learn about the importance of saving water and pick up some handy hints on how to save water and possibly save money too.

"Many people are unaware of the costs of water and the quantities we use every day without even realising it. The UK's water supply is not as plentiful as people may think and, although it's cheaper than energy, it comes with a lot of hidden costs. We have a number of energy and water saving methods in place in our three Garden Centres, and we'll be using Water Saving Week to explain some practical and easy water saving tips to anyone who comes along," commented Mike Burks, Managing Director at The Gardens Group.

Water Saving Week aims to show, in simple and practical ways, how people can save a litre or two every single day. For more information, ideas on how to save water and interesting facts visit

"We hope members of the community will join us during the week to find out how to save significant amounts of money and water. I would be thrilled if someone implements just one change; maybe installing a water butt to collect rainwater, using mulches to keep moisture in the soil and even watering at the right time of day! Small changes can make a huge difference," said Mike.

For further information about The Gardens Group please call Mike Burks at Castle Gardens on tel: 01935 814633 or visit

For further press information please call Joanne Myram or Katie Burt at Positive PR on tel: 01935 389497 or email

(124) July 2009

Facts about water

It takes:

185 litres of water to produce a bag (2009) of crisps

200 litres of water to produce a can of cola

2,900 litres of water to produce a cotton shirt

3,900 litres of water to produce 1kg of chicken

5,000 litres of water to produce 1kg of cheese

8,000 litres of water to produce a pair of leather shoes

15,500 litres to produce 1kg of beef

148,000 litres to manufacture a new car

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