Hosing ban will not apply to Olympic horse venue

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Greenwich Park during the Olympic test event.

Historic Greenwich Park will be a sparkling green jewel in London’s Crown for the Olympic equestrian competition, although many of the city’s garden may be looking worse for wear.

A garden hosing ban comes into force in London on April 5 as a drought brought on by two years of exceptionally low rainfall bites even harder.

However, the hosing ban will not apply at Greenwich Park, as the regulations under which the ban is imposed makes an exemption for areas of grass or artificial outdoor surfaces used for national or international sports events.

The exemption is not just for aesthetic purposes. It is essential the underfoot going for competition is of a high standard for health and safety reasons.

The exemption will also apply to other Olympic venues with outdoor surfaces, and some Olympic training facilities.

The cross-country course has been specially resown for the Games and enjoys almost daily watering.

About 40 per cent of the water used on the Olympic Park surface reportedly comes from a recycling plant and is not suitable for drinking.

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