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Put them in curries or chillies, cut into chunks.
Have a look at this http://www.seedsofdistinction.co.uk/vegetables
You could have green beech, purple beech, hornbeam, Acer campestre (field maple), Euonymus elatus, forsythia, flowering currant, alder, photinia red robin, escallonia, honey suckle
We have pretty much the same amount of birds all year round
What do you mean by cover crops?
The time to plant grasses is in spring
Most of the butterflies we are trying to attract lay their eggs on nettles. The caterpillars that are a pest on plants other than brassicas are usually types of saw fly
Are they actually damaging the grass? I wouldn't be too bothered about small flies.
Best to only cut half the height now and cut hard back when they start to shoot from the base in spring
I would probably only grow one tree at either side, I think one tree would easily cover one side of the arch. Good airflow is important.