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.