Posted: 05/08/2013 at 12:43
nettles are food for some of the caterpillars Nick but a patch is enough. You don't want them everywhere. Same with brambles. If you're going to have brambles make sure thasy have good fruit (to your taste) otherwise get rid and acquire one you do like.
They tip roo, so if you find a good one whilst walking pull up one of those tips that has rooted down and bring it home. I think maybe you're going to need a little trolley for the bags, the brambles, the thick gloves, a pair of secateurs, a trowel.......
Most of the native shrubs around my garden came from growing hedgerow berries, spindle, buckthorn, wild privet, guelder rose are some of them