Year of the Hedge! Bluebell Mania!

2014 has been declared by Devon Hedge Group to be Year of the Hedge.

How nice then it is for us to be able to proudly announce the flourishing of native bluebells in our hedgerows this year, more so than ever before!

The spread of bluebells is directly the result of careful cutting back of the hedgerows two years ago. Before then it seems they hadn’t been cut for well over ten years. We will leave ten years between cuts on well established hedgerows, to allow maximum flourishing of all hedgerow wildlife. This is on advice from Devon Wildlife Trust.

The other day one of our volunteers Steven showed us a photo of a massive bluebell carpet, taken up at Castle Drogo.

Don’t try ‘n hoover them bluebells up, coz them’s good bluebells!

Ring any bells?

Here is a quote from the Ted Hughes poem ‘The Hawk':

‘I drown in the drumming ploughland,

I drag up heel after heel from the swallowing of the earth’s mouth,

from clay that clutches my each step to the ankle, with the habit of the dogged grave.’

After the ‘winter’ we’ve had, I’m sure this rings a bell with some of you.

Working week and enforcement appeal

A big thankyou to everyone who has got involved with our upcoming working week, 10th to 18th February leading up the enforcement appeal hearing on the 18th, regarding planning permission for our woodland live work unit. We have enough residential workers now, but day workers are welcome on any day, 10th to 17th. Please bring a packed lunch because we are running out of food prep facility! However there is plenty of tea to drink…

More residential workers are welcome over a few days but only if you have a campervan or similar I.e. your own accommodation.