Posted: 16/06/2015 at 11:08
I wouldn't mind so much if something was done with the fields but they were bought by my neighbour about 5 years ago and he has done nothing with them. There is a type of grass which grows down here which has small bulbils at the base, the stems of the grass are very tough and looks similar to a bamboo. It kills anything it grows near and spreads very quickly, dehydrating the soil and choking other plants with its large fibrous root system and the mat of bulbils on the surface of the ground.
The brambles are rooted in the fields and climb over the banks into my fertile garden soil, rooting themselves on the way and strangling anything in their path. The wild willow is now an almost impenetrable forest in the fields. The tree surgeon who comes to cut my hawthorn hedge each year now has to cut a path for himself to reach my boundary before he can begin work, which I have to pay for timewise.
I keep the hedge cut to give a nesting area for the birds, feed the birds regularly and delight in the wild life which abounds around me but I would like to be able to have a small space of my own to grow fruit, veg and flowers which did not involve a constant war on invasive weeds etc.
I hate spraying, guess I will just have to move back to suburbia.