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AuthorTopic: Hedgerows in Cley
Andrew Clarke Hedgerows in Cleyposted at 06/10/2020 20:50:11

As many Cley residents will know, during lockdown in May substantial sections of a hedge in Cley parish were grubbed out and replaced with a wire fence.  All the relevant authorities were alerted, including North Norfolk District Council, Natural England, as well as the Norfolk Wildlife Trust and RSPB.  NNDC decided not to pursue the incident further as their inspector visited the site and was of the opinion that only brambles and other soft vegetation had been removed.

A number of us are hoping to push for a change to the Hedgerow Regulations so that brambles and other key species are added to the plants protected.  F anyone is interested in following this up, Mark Cocker has an excellent piece in The Guardian (see: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/oct/06/country-diary-wildlife-sustaining-bramble-hedges-need-our-protection).  By coincidence there is also a letter in the I newspaper for 6 October, arguing for just the change in legislation that are hoping to achieve.

Andy Clarke
Chair, North Norfolk Local Members Group of NWT

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