Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Hornbeam hedge issue??

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 06:54

What do you mean by 'cold storage'?

Problem with young Pine(?) tree

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 06:12

I'm not so sure that the summer has been all that wet. My garden says not, but I don't know about Weston.

Problem with young Pine(?) tree

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 13:11

Just to start from scratch, what is the soil like, what sort of container was the tree in at the nursery, how have you watered it since it was planted, and whereabouts in the country (roughly) are you?

Fencing alternatives - Ivy?

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 13:02

I'm really surprised that the local authority has insisted on an item in your deeds that effectively gives you no control over your own boundaries - indeed, how do you know exactly where your boundary is? My first stop would be the planning department at the LA. It's not unusual for there to be restrictions at the front, for 'street scene' and visibility reasons, but not at the rear. How do you keep your neighbours' goat off your flowerbeds?

Fencing alternatives - Ivy?

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 06:24

I wonder why the deeds specify no fencing.

Hedging and Horses

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 16:38

Unless you can cause your neighbour to see sense, Debcon, there may be two ways forward: one is a civil action, which you want to avoid, and the other is to approach the local NFU rep. I've found them to be surprisingly persuasive with landowners, even those who aren't members. Some landowners are only happy to talk to 'their own', and regard everyone else as interfering townies and busybodies.

Having said that, I think I'd have put the hedge a bit further back behind the fence.

Doomed I tell you.......

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 06:54

Put your woolly hat and have a whisky!

Hedging and Horses

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 06:23

I think you're being a little unfair, DEBCON. What we do here is to edge towards a solution through discussion. You're right to say that there is no such law, but there is, on the other hand, the principle of being considerate to one's neighbours. I'd be as embarrassed as hell if my animals chewed someone's garden to pieces, but as others have said there is the simple solution of the horse-owner putting in a back-fence to prevent that happening.

Sad day for British Bees

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 06:37

If you take notice of which species of gull you see following ships, especially fishing vessels, you will see that they are always Herring Gulls - they are by nature opportunist feeders; same thing at coastal colonies - they are the ones that steal other birds' food and eat other birds. Therefore you can't expect them to change their habits to suit us. We are at the moment taking away some of their food sources, by different fishing methods, improved practices at refuse tips, coastal degradation, etc. So they will look elsewhere to scavenge and, as Pansyface says, where better than towns and cities where food is plentiful through people providing a 24/7 buffet?

We are in the middle of a very noticeable process of change with Herring Gulls and our reaction is to blame the birds, which are only doing their best to survive. The only advice you can give to people is not to make themselves a target, i.e. don't sit on the sea-front at Looe with a tray of fish and chips next to a sign that says 'Don't feed the gulls'.

Sad day for British Bees

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 15:44

Herring Gulls are delivering a message to us about looking after the planet and our local environment. (They also delivered a message to me a few years ago when I went for a couple of days to the island of Rum, or Rhum whichever you prefer, and left my car standing directly under a street lamp at Mallaig!)

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