Those of you who work in the college or visit regularly will have noticed the team regularly carrying hoses and watering cans around the grounds. This sight would usually be seen during the warm, dry summer months, but not in April.
Central southern England has seen the driest April since records began in 1910, this follows a very dry March, hence the need for us setting up sprinklers, soaker hoses and the use of watering cans and hoses. Just 2.3mm of rain have been recorded, that's just 4% of the 52.6mm average for the month.
This dry, sunny weather may be good for the sun worshipers among you, but not for the gardeners, creating alot of extra work watering newly planted hedges and shrubs planted recently around the grounds.