Archive for sustainable farming

A New Hedge on the Pelynt Footpath

A year ago, together with other landowners bordering the road between Trelawne and Pelynt, we gave over land so that the parish could create a footpath into the village. The path was created last March, the work unfortunately involved the destruction of the flora growing on top of the hedge as this was moved a couple of metres or so into the field, thus creating safe footpath along the road.  The contractors FJ Ede, did a lovely job reseeding and today the hedge is lush and green. However the top looked a little bare. This year Pelynt Parish Council very kindly allocated a small budget with which we purchased 200 hedgerow plants. These were planted just before Easter and given time they will look lovely.

Unfortunately, during the planting we cleaned a couple of black bin bags of rubbish out of both sides of the hedge, including a not insignificant number of glass bottles, some broken. Such a pity that those walking this path, and driving the road for that matter, do not consider the consequences of these actions. For them its “just” litter, but for us its a major and very real hazard as the field is grazed. Broken glass is a HUGE problem for livestock as lacerated hooves are a major problem and very hard to treat. Even more frightening  is the possibility of glass, broken or otherwise, getting into their mouths, virtually impossible to remedy if it happens.

Lets just hope that this never happens, that the hedge grows quickly and prevents litter debris from unthinking individuals reaching the field.

Meanwhile here are some pictures of the new hedge.

[pe2-image src=”” href=”″ caption=”” type=”image” alt=”IMAG0554.jpg” ] [pe2-image src=”” href=”″ caption=”” type=”image” alt=”IMAG0553.jpg” ] [pe2-image src=”” href=”″ caption=”” type=”image” alt=”IMAG0555.jpg” ]