Posted: 18/05/2016 at 19:29
We had one in the middle of our front border in our previous house - we allowed ivy to grow up it and to mature. In the autumn it was alive with bees as they made the most of late flowers. It also became a home to lots of critturs - and wrens regularly nested there.
It disguised the telegraph pole well. However, from time to time some jobsworth would come along demanding to cut it down, the better to provide space for a sign saying "Danger of Death! Do not climb".
We managed to persuade them that no-one had ever tried to climb it. That climbing it would be almost impossible. And that it was a significant habitat for wildlife.
(We went back there recently to visit old neighbours: the new owners had cut down all the ivy: it now looks a mess, and the neighbours are not very happy!)
We continued to receive the "Wayleave" payment for it being on our property, though.
Last edited: 18 May 2016 19:30:28