“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”  ~ Mahatma Gandhi .  

Last spring I reported here that my neighbours from the farm behind ours had begun without warning, to remove the hedgerow, including the trees from the borders of the adjoining farm track.

Soon after, we learned they’d gained planning permission to turn their farm buildings into an industrial storage park; removing the hedgerow was an attempt to widen the track to accommodate the expected trucks.

The neighbours explained to us that as they were now seventy years old, they needed an extra income, and once the park was established they would sell up and leave. I understood the need for diversity, but this was appalling behaviour and considering our neighbour is an accountant and the farming was a side line, I couldn’t help thinking that provision for their later years must surely have been planned some years before.

Hedgerow 3

The farm track and hedgerow can be seen here and below at the side of our small paddock

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The farm track runs alongside our driveway, inches from the children’s play area and one of our smaller paddocks, so you won’t be surprised to learn that the idea filled us with horror and disappointment. We were left to wonder  why the council had seen fit to approve the proposal in a rural area such as ours.

To digress for a moment – A few years ago the same council gave permission for a landfill site at the bottom the neighbour’s field where it borders my land. The lie of the land changed completely and a natural stream on my land is now unable to flow, the area is permanently flooded and a large deep pond has now appeared.D0CF34C5-76CA-4937-ACD6-2C9833EAD184

The shocking news of the proposed industrial park prompted us to go to the expense of erecting a high fence around the children’s play area.The side garden.JPG

At the top of our driveway, a narrow lane (seen below) leads down to the village. A road sign at the end of the lane that was erected by the highways department, informs drivers that the lane is unsuitable for heavy goods vehicles. Also shown is the newly widened entrance to the farm track that runs alongside our driveway.

Recently, we heard that a change in the planning application had been submitted and permission has now been granted for five detached houses.

In the past, gaining planning permission for new housing has proved difficult in this area, however, given the amount of objections to the industrial park, I suspect the parish council, (very powerful here) has much do with this change.

I have no objection to this  building project, after all the other option was unbearable to contemplate, but what I do object to is the renewed removal of the hedgerow as seen below.Some of the stripped hedgerow

Long view of farmtrackI can understand taking advantage of a wider section to provide a passing point, but I cannot understand why the removal of the hedgerow has continued.  My photos show that the track will never be wide enough to provide a two-lane street and as the oil tanker and refuse truck already manage perfectly well, further removal is unnecessary and nothing short of sacrilege

I am concerned for the creatures that have been displaced this week; only the other day I noticed a squirrel simply sitting  without movement on the lower branch of a tree in the garden, not even attempting to steal the bird food from the feeders.


Picture taken through a window

Our hedgerows are valuable habitats that provide food and shelter for many species and are massively important for wildlife. Birds and small mammals use the hedgerow for foraging, nesting and roosting and as a safe commuter route.

This is the start of spring, mating time, the time for pairing and nesting and it is heart breaking that so much of the habitat has been removed.

With nectar-rich blossom in the spring, insects buzzing in the dense thickets in summer and red berries abound in autumn, hedgerows provide wildlife with a rich larder. In fact, they are so good for wildlife that 130 UK BAP (Biodiversity Action Plan) priority species are associated with them.

“Hedgerows are often a mix of shrub and tree species such as hawthorn, blackthorn, hazel, ash and oak, interwoven with climbers like traveller’s-joy and honeysuckle. Banks and ditches fill with flowers like hedge bedstraw and red campion, and butterflies, such as the rare black and brown hairstreaks, purple emperor and pearl-bordered fritillary, use them for nectar or to lay their eggs.

Mammals like the European-protected hazel dormouse, bank vole, harvest mouse and hedgehog nest and feed in hedgerows, and bats, such as the greater horseshoe and Natterer’s bats, use the hedgerows. Woodland and farmland birds such as blue tit, great tit, yellowhammer and whitethroat can be found along the hedges.” ~ The Wildlife Trusts

© SueW-nansfarm.net 2018 In response to the word-prompt Wonder

22 thoughts on “Diversity

  1. British are supposed to be among the more environmentally aware peoples, but it seems they are as dim and/or avaricious as any other despoiling savages. The totally unnecessary removal of growth under various spurious pretexts is the sign of bureaucracy in the hands of an inferior species.

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    1. I agree, and I think environmental awareness often depends on not which country we’re part of but our individual attitudes towards life and our education, not formally, but our willingness to learn. This couple have no excuse .

      The very bottom of their land borders mine in area where a natural spring forms a stream. The same council gave permission for a land fill site, resulting in a change to the lie of the land. The water here struggles to flow away and I now have a deep and large pond instead of the continuation of the pretty stream that is in my farthest field.

      A photo of the pond has now been uploaded. Thank you Les

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  2. I always wonder about irrational granting of permits by councils, I always think stupidity, greed, and corruption are involved, and common-sense and decency is overlooked.

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    1. I agree Ivor. I often wonder if these planning officials ever seek environmental advice before granting permission for sites such as these.

      The disregard the neighbours of over thirty years have shown towards us and more importantly to the wildlife is disgusting. I’ve added a little more, check out my reply to Les (Colonialist) and see the picture of the pond. Thank you Ivor

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      1. Yes I know that feeling 😌, only 7.15pm here, but feeling tired already,… Try to write a new article/post, and I’m struggling. I was typing directly onto my site, no, it doesn’t work for me. I have to hand write it out a few times first. Oh well, back to the pen and pad. Still 30’C here, and I did work this morning on a Saturday!! Maybe I should go have glass of wine or two. 😊

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      2. You’re 11 hours behind me here in Geelong 😆. I’m still totally amazed at how modern technology makes the world so accessible. 😊 Did you know it was only 180 years ago that Mr Morse, invented his Morse-code.

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      3. Yes, I’m 11 hours behind you, and I’m 7 hours ahead of Gerry. No, I didn’t know about Mr Morse. I did once write the history of technology within education though! That was fascinating to learn about.
        Only the other day daughter Sophie and I were on talking about the technological changes in my lifetime, amazing!

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      4. When I was a youngster, back in the mid 1950’s, we didn’t have TV, there so many changes and new gadgets that have come into our lives…. Does that put Gerry in America.

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  3. gc

    Diversity thy name is progress. Sometimes the cost of land development is not absorbed by the developers but by nature’s flora and fauna. Such projects should be given considerable scrutiny and due diligence and community action groups should offer their voices either nay or yea for such sweeping changes. Great article Susan. xx

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    1. Thank you very much Gerry, I agree with you completely.
      Unfortunately, I appear to have lost all the late night editing I discussed with you earlier! Perhaps I should wait until daylight next time! xx


  4. I understand how some might do their best to generate additional income. But when it comes to the environment and green areas, it’s not acceptable. Unfortunately, in many cases, we have nothing to do… I understand when wars do that but not when we do this by our hands!

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