Adam Cookson from the environment agency explains why the drought could be particularly bad for farmers in the region.
The Environment Agency has declared official drought zones in a further 17 English counties and warned the shortages could last until Christmas or beyond. It is the worst national water shortage since 1976. Read ITV News' latest report here
David Elliott from Wessex Water explains the measures being taken to ensure water supplies are not affected as the Environment Agency officially declares a drought.
The Environment Agency has officially declared drought in the West Country. It's concerned the dry weather will affect wildlife.Read the full story ›
Drought has been declared in the West following months of low rainfall. The Environment Agency says the last 18 months have been the second driest on record. It's concerned the dry weather will affect wildlife and wetland habitats but says public water supplies should remain unaffected.
The Environment agency has officially declared a drought in the region. Despite this, Wessex Water - which is based in Bath - says there will not be a hosepipe ban and people can continue to use water as normal.
Robert Murphy reports on efforts by staff at Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire to grow new species of trees to counteract the spread of disease worldwide
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The curator of Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire says that there can be a threat to trees from overseas species.
"There are things that we don't yet have like the Asian longhorn beetle, we have things in America for instance, the Emerald Ash borer, that's responsible for probably killing 100 million trees over there, ash trees native in the woodlands and forests. So we really need to be on our toes, we need to be aware of what's going on, and this research is very much part of that work."
People in Buckfastleigh are going to the polls to vote on plans that would see thousands of tonnes of ash from the new waste incinerator in Plymouth transported to the town. Campaigners say it would affect businesses and increase traffic. It's said up to 400 lorries a day will run through the town