Monthly Archives: July 2012

How to make a hedgehog corridor

Nice article in the Guardian by Kate Bradbury, about what you can do to help your local hedgehogs.

It’s another reason why hedges are better than fences or walls, of course, and the base of the hedge also provides good foraging territory for a hedgehog – but as the article mentions, even if you have a fence you can dig a hole to help them get about.

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Diggers 2012

I’ve always been fond of Gerrard Winstanley and the Diggers, so it’s interesting to see a group of people acting on the same lines today, when the land is even more tightly controlled than it was in the 17th century.

As a political issue I think the increasingly restricted and centralised ownership of land and property is only going to become more significant over the next decade or so. A lot of the issues of wealth and “poverty” are rooted in the fact that the “common people” don’t have any access to natural resources and haven’t had for a long time, while credit, money creation and usury have been used as means to inflate the price of land and property and thus to raise the price of rents and home ownership for ordinary people.

The net result is an ongoing transfer of wealth from the 99% to the 1% – and currently the 1% also have the gall to blame and punish the 99% for the mistakes made by society’s richest (bankers and landowners) during the global credit bubble. The current economic plan seems to be firstly to make the ordinary people pay for the mistakes of the bankers and secondly to reinflate the bubble in order to keep on creaming off wealth for the richest in society.

Surely there must come a point where we say we have had enough of being conned. So good luck to the new Diggers. They’ll need it.

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Sheep from Oats – a sonnet about hedges

When I was in Nailsworth last week, talking about hedges, I was given a poem about hedges – I didn’t catch his name, though it had the copyright below – I hope he doesn’t mind me putting it up here. He did emphasize that it is a work in progress – happy to credit it properly if he wants to get in touch – either way it was a rather lovely thing to be given

Sheep from Oats

A hedge to separate the sheep from oats,

The pastoralist and agriculturalist,

Once liable to red-descending mist,

Are besom-pals, their vision void of motes.

For ‘bound and twisted’ hedgerow antidotes

Mean stock and crops now safely co-exist

Thanks to the hedger, landscape alchemist,

Whose skills for peace he year-on-year devotes.

But hedges other benefits unlock.

In diverse habitats for varied life,

Fauna and flora side-by-side evolve,

Not separated like the crops and stock.

Selection’s left to chance and natural strife,

Hedge conservation must be man’s resolve.

Copyright: Nizgal May 2012.

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A Heart-Shaped Hedge

This one is courtesy of Melissa Harrison, a nice bit of topiary:

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Yellow-Lighted Bookshop Festival – talk about hedges

On Wednesday I’ll be giving a talk about hedges at 7pm at the Friends Meeting House in Nailsworth, as part of the Yellow-Lighted Bookshop festival. I believe there are some tickets left – the details are here if anyone wants to come along.


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