Monthly Archives: May 2012

Forthcoming hedge symposium – Univ of Staffordshire September

This is from Emily Ledder, Chair of Hedgelink, which is a rather useful organisation:

“Hedgelink, ( which is the partnership that brings everyone interested in hedgerows together, to share knowledge and ideas, to encourage and inspire, and to work with farmers and other land managers to conserve and enhance our hedgerow heritage, is holding an exciting new International Symposium ‘Hedgerow Futures’. The meeting will bring together hedgerow researchers and managers on 3-5 September 2012 at the University of Stafforshire to consider several themes including biodiversity, management and sustainability. For more info please visit It might be an event too good to miss for any hedgey sorts who visit your blog.”

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Hedge Disturbia – weird garden implement

My sister just sent me a link to this weird hedge implement with this message:

“Eek!  A hedge hoover for what looks to be a monster Leylandii…”

I think that me and my miniature hedge can live without it. I have enough problems with my stupid lawn trimmer which keeps losing the little bit of string that is supposed to be slashing its way through the weeds. I tried mowing the edges of the lawn yesterday and ended up throwing it at the fence in a fit of pique before giving up and going to the pub.

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Next time I write a book, I suspect my internal monologue will have the voice of Tim Key…

… not sure if this is a good thing or not. I like the gently quizzical tone he uses, with the end of the sentence rising in intonation, when he reads one of my more pretentious or preposterous sentences. But it’s a double-edged sword. Hearing that voice in my head might put me off and make me feel self-conscious. Que sera sera.

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Blog updated

I’ve just been fixing a few minor glitches in the blog like the broken Twitter button and so on.

In the interests of blatant commercialism, I’ve also added a Buy the Book link to the right. It’s to Waterstones rather than Amazon. There is a link to the latter on the About page if you must, though bear in mind they are a teensy bit like the Death Star. In an ideal world it would be nice if people were to buy it from local bookshops, where they haven’t yet been driven out of business.

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A Post About Hedges

Just linking to a rather interesting blog post I stumbled over this morning…

“As I stood there in the garden, watching off road fork-lifts deposit yews taller than my head into a pre-dug trench, while internally debating how minutely kinked they should be to make the vibes  more ‘ancient boundary’ and less ‘green garage wall’, I realised that Chelsea is entirely about gardening.  Just not gardening for poor people.”


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Forthcoming events, talks about hedges…

I’ve got a couple of events booked over the next month or so:

On 20th June at 6.30 I’ll be at the Idler Academy in West London. Full details on that one should be up soon on their website if they aren’t too idle to update it.

I’ll also be at the Friends’ Meeting House in Nailsworth as part of the Yellow Lighted Festival, on the 11th July at 7pm.

Hopefully I will see a few people there.



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Another Elephant Topiary

Gavin Hogg, who lives near Powys, was kind enough to send me a couple of photos of the topiary elephants he created – there is a picture in the book, and here is the one that I didn’t use.

I think Radio 4 is moving on to topiary tomorrow, something a bit lighter after the relatively dense stuff about landscape and enclosures today.


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