Posted: 12/11/2015 at 07:39
Thoroughly agree about the benefits of ivy - I love it and I spent a delightful hour yesterday photographing insects on ivy flowers
However, just a word of warning - Ivy which reaches the arborial stage (which is when it flowers and fruits) will become very heavy and in wind and rain it can pull a fence down. When we viewed this house the fences were covered by ivy which had been regularly trimmed back - in the period between us deciding to purchase and actually buying and moving in the owner did not trim the ivy back - we moved in and the ivy had become thick and heavy and before we could cut it back, a day of heavy rain and strong wind resulted in this
If you're going to allow ivy to flower and fruit, which is when it is at it's most beneficial to wildlife, it has to be well supported - a fragile panel fence will not do the job.