22 thoughts on “Ask A Broadsheet Reader

  1. Praetorian

    Road safety and better visability for drivers i would presume…it’s a lethal stretch of road around the Scalp,especially with so many cyclists thinking they’re in the Alps…birds are coming to the end of nesting,they’ll manage.

  2. Slightly Bemused

    I cannot speak to this, but a sports club adjacent to my estate cut down all their trees and hedgerows on like the last day of March before the ban came in place. Most annoying, and sadly far fewer birds this year than last. Even if they were not killed, they will have moved to another nesting site.

  3. Liam

    My guess is that the land owner removed them to avoid hassle/lawsuits to/from road users such as cyclists?

      1. Steph Pinker

        Why are farmers or people who live in the countryside usually blamed? Where I live, the County Council cut the hedges a couple of times throughout the Summer months after the landowners have [legally] done so before the end of March. The hedges have to be cut because they block visibility for road users, and they also block the footpaths which are public walkways along roadsides, some of which are the only pedestrian route to churches/ cemeteries/ graveyards. There are exceptions to every rule, and rightfully so.

        1. ____

          It’s a post about something that’s happened on a farm…

          You reckon Anto and Bazzer popped out there on their bikes and neatly felled them?

    1. ____

      I don’t follow your logic there at all.
      Where do you think there would be liability on the land-owner?

  4. Kolmo

    Insurance companies are making the county councils do it because, well, because they’re bastardos.

    1. ReproBertie

      Apparently this is the case. Trees and branches falling on roads lead to claims so they are removing the trees to protect the almighty god profit.

    2. Listrade

      except a good few of the councils (if not most) are self-insured. No insurance company involved.

  5. martco

    maybe they cut it all down so that nosey people could get much better survey footage with their 3 grand dji + 4K Hasselblad

  6. SOQ

    I was talking to someone who said that the reason farmers are cutting hedge rows so close to the ditches is because of grants- that it increases the M2. Anyone know if this is correct?

    If that is the case then it should be stopped immediately because there is zero shelter for the poor cattle and not a bird nor any other wildlife for miles. So much for living in tandem with nature eh?

    Their land registry maps should give all the information they need.

      1. ____

        m^2

        As in, the grant is based on overall area so they’re chopping down the trees to make more usable are and eke out every last bit of grant money.

  7. ____

    Why are people here talking about councils and cyclists etc?

    This land is obviously private land and felling those trees will have been purely down to the land-owner.

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