Space scientists searching for life on moons and planets in the solar system and beyond look for traces of water, as it is seen as essential for all life: a sharp reminder that we too depend on water for our survival.
Earlier generations relied on lakes, rivers, wells and standpipes for their needs. Some still do. So effort was, and is, required to meet daily needs from such sources. As a result little was wasted.
Now, for most in this country, all we have to do is to turn on a tap. It is easy to take supplies for granted. Not so long ago domestic supply was not metered. As a result, there was no incentive to save water, so meters were introduced to encourage less use. Even so, though recycling has also increased, there is now concern that supplies are becoming inadequate. We perhaps complain when rain upsets our plans, forgetting that it is a vital resource, for us as well as for farmers. As a proverb has it ‘Like clouds . . . without rain is one who boasts of a gift never given‘. Generally forecasters define sunshine as good weather, unfortunately, as it suggests rain is bad. We have been reminded by recent restrictions on development around Pulborough Brooks that rain is needed to refill our rivers and reservoirs. Conservation of water is vital. We can all be involved.
Our work party on 2nd July was at Dyke Farm, where we maintained the recently planted trees. This was followed by a summer picnic besides the beautiful lake. We next meet on 6th August again at Dyke Farm at 10.00am, where we will be cutting and raking hay in the meadows. This is a fun summer activity which takes us back to the techniques used in bygone times. Anyone wishing to join us will be warmly welcomed, gardening clothes recommended, other equipment provided.
For information about this and our other activities, or on becoming a member, (no subscription is required, donations welcome) please get in touch with Chairman Mick Denness on 01903 745971, or see our website. www.storringtonconservation.org.uk/.