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Photo Article from the Welsh Hovel - starting work on creating a blackberry and blackthorn hedge

Tom Winnifrith
Tuesday 8 February 2022

No doubt yesterday’s small fire will get blasted on the village facebook site since it was in direct view of teenage mutant curtain twitcher Abi Lancelotte. For I am hard at work removing a thick wall of bramble that runs either side of a drainage ditch seperatng oiur top field with the main field. Cutting this tangled mess back with a strimmer is is bloody hard work and I fear that it will take me two or three weeks to get it all sorted. 

On the top field side the current bramble is about forty yards long and contains two silver birches which will stay. On the main field side the bramble is a few yards longer as it runs into a dense wood which, I think, the Church owns but nobody ever enters.  

My aim is to remove all oif the bramble and to replace it on both sde with a hedge made of blackthorn, for great white flowers in the spring and sloes for gin and jam in the autumn, and wild blackberries. Such a hedge should look great and be very productive and will also be a hugely eco-friendly home to all sorts of birds, mammals and insects.  It sounds a great plan but boy is it hard work.

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About Tom Winnifrith
Tom Winnifrith is the editor of When he is not harvesting olives in Greece, he is (planning to) raise goats in Wales.
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