Soggy Start to Farming 2018… Hedge Laying V Tree Falling…

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Water logged view from the lower orchard.

Heavy rain and gusty winds…

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Lack of consistent hedge trimming leaves trees vulnerable…

People buy land in the country side for many reasons they often know nothing about the boundaries of the land and the hedges that occupy them – or the expense and skill of maintaining a hedge safe for livestock defence and for wildlife – they often assume that doing nothing will be cheaper and ‘better’ for the environment. It is not IMO even a safe option.

Often when land is bought it can come with hedges that have been subject to neighbourly arguments in the past so the hedges are already over grown – there is little choice but to cut and lay the hedge properly – it looks savage – but 5 years down the road it will have recovered and then each year it will need a pass with a tractor mounted hedge trimmer.

If this doesn’t happen – and hedges are left in limbo – they grow up from previously layed branches – I have 60 foot high Ash trees with no roots directly at bottom of the trunk – these are not reliable trees to have around – tractors can’t get under them and they are liable to snap off. The willow tree in the picture was planted as a good thickener for a stock hedge on a high bank in a wet spot – not such a good place for the 40ft willow tree to try and balance.

It has upended and landed right on the bridle path so creating a public hazard – it is likely to waste public resources in making it safe as the two landowners concerned do not have the skills or equipment concerned to deal with it in the state and position it now finds it’s self  – and other neighbours will be drawn in to help clear it – myself included.

It is an increasingly wide spread problem as costs rise – and ignorance of land management skills and good practice abounds – where ever a boundary hedge is both sides need to be maintained – neighbours have to communicate and act – not get defensive and bicker or ignore the problem – it is not possible to win an argument with a falling tree…

It is either a planted tree or it is a maintained hedge – the mess in the middle of trees grown up from a hedge line – is a liability to unending cost, constant inconvenience and a constant source of dispute.

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Missed the gate…

The good news…

Is that in this case it missed the two gate posts and the good gate 🙂

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