FURTHER to recent correspondence concerning the apparently ill-timed and over-zealous cutting of hedgerows, several years ago we visited the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Our holiday accommodation was reached via a network of narrow lanes running between fields bordered by tall, lush hedges.
We arrived on September 1 and each day as we set off to explore the area we noted that more of the hedgerows were being cut until by the end of our week’s stay they were all neatly trimmed, opening up the lanes and affording us wonderful views.
It was explained to us that in order to protect the nesting birds the farmers, whose fields the hedges bordered and who bore the responsibility of maintaining the hedgerows, were “not allowed” to do any cutting until September 1 each year.
I am unclear as to whether the ruling was that of the local council or part of the National Park regulations but either way if Brecon can do it then why not Suffolk?
R T BULLEN