Don't hack our hedges
10:09am Friday 27th September 2013 in Letters
YET again autumn rolls in and yet again the extreme hedge-cutters are back in business.
Yesterday, (we are only in September!) I followed a convoy of three hedge-cutters and then passed a hedge at least a mile long in an extreme shaved state.
Why can’t there be just one or two areas of the hedge left for berrying shrubs? And why cut now?
Please think, farmers, contractors,landowners and highways and byways, gardeners and who ever owns a hedge… surely at this time of the year it can be left ? At least until January/ February, when birds and other wildlife are able to achieve some feeding grounds of berries and seeds to help sustain and survive the winter.
I have noticed such a change in the last three/four years of thoughtless verge and hedge trimming, even selective weed-killing on verges.
I am pleased to see that hedge-cutting was left until a little later this year, but surely, all it needs is one cut a year, and even then only when absolutely necessary.
I, for one, would certainly prefer the money to be spent on our education and national health and we can all have the pleasure of our fantastic diverse wildlife, rather than continue with this incessant need, almost a paranoia, to be ‘tidy’.
The facts are frightening.
With such rapid reduction of most of our wildlife, of small mammals, birds, butterflies and wildflowers, it’s time we took stock of what really matters.
Please everyone, be thoughtful and aware of our nature and make changes, however small.
Just to note: in Devon they have made incredible changes by using the national guidance in order to protect wildlife.
My husband and I run indigobrown creative holidays in Pembrokeshire, and our clients come here to paint the wild coast and scenery.
The manicuring of Pembrokeshire over the last four to five years has, in my opinion, made this county quite sterile and municipal.
I come from an area in the Midlands, near Ashby de la Zouch, where there is the new National Forest.
It is wonderful how they have built an infrastructure eg cinder cycle/ bridle paths, acres of new woodland planting, wild wood land walks and an amazing centre for nature called ‘Conkers’, creating such awareness to everyone the importance of nature.
It’s worth a look, as Pembrokeshire needs the nature side for tourism and better handling within the wildlife preservation guidelines for the future.