Hedge cutting plea
FARMERS in north England are being urged not to cut hedges for up to three years in a bid to give a much-needed boost to wildlife.
Durham County Council wants producers to give nature a breathing space because annual cutting has had such a damaging effect on hedges and their role as a wildlife habitat. New figures indicate that the county is losing 3% (about 60 miles) of hedges a year to the forces of agricultural improvement, development and neglect.
To provide farmers with an incentive the councils Hedgerow Partnership scheme offers grants to farmers to plant and renovate hedgerows and to repair drystone walls. *