If you would like to submit a contribution to our Readers Blog section then follow this link. Be sure to include your full name, address and contact number otherwise your submission will not be considered for publication. We will contact you prior to publication.

To suggest hacking down hedges is just an act of eco vandalism

Your article on overgrown hedges (Irish Examiner, July 16) dismayed me, not to say angered me.

The heritage of the Irish countryside is its beautiful hedges with yellow, white and red blooms and fruit throughout the year.

Orders from up-on-high Brussels allowed hedges to be cut back to the ridiculously low height of 1m. What can grow in such a hedge and provide for bees, insects, birds and human beings I wonde?

Don’t forget how our farmers have already cut down trees and hedges on their fields’ borders as part of their ever increasing profit chasing.

They also spray weedkiller wherever possible and many roadside dwellers kill all growth. Lawnmowers are going up and down roadside verges every week to make sure no wild flowers or weeds can provide nourishment to bees and insects or give joy to passers-by.

Every May I delight in the elegant cow parsley growing on the verges, and my car was never scratched by them.

But yes, where there a drivers view is hindered on bends and junctions such hedges have to be cut.

But now the Cork County Council wants to cut hedges and trees down so hauliers can drive faster on roads which are too small for big lorries anyway.

The council also wants to ignore the Wildlife Act and extend the cutting season so more cowboys with blunt cutters can slaughter more of the beautiful and important trees and hedges.

May I propose to Cllr Paul Hayes to first clear all council land of ragworth, which under the Obnoxious Plant Act, is his and all property owners’ duty unless they want a €500 fine.

And if the councilor is so concerned about tourists he might also start an eradication program of the Giant Hogweed which spreads in an alarming way along our rivers. Any hiker or fisherman coming into contact with it with can suffer serious burns.

Also, why do large lorries have to thunder down our small roads and over our fragile bridges? It means the councils have to fill in potholes year in year out.

Mrs. U. Forinton



Co. Cork


I see that a website describes the call of Canarian cory’s shearwaters as ‘waca waca’. It’s a mad, hysterical call, uttered when the parent birds arrive to feed their nestlings.Cory’s shearwaters show long-distance qualities

Is it too much to hope that an important public health matter, such as Lyme disease, will be an issue in the general election? There’s been a worrying reluctance by the authorities to face up to the extent of the disease here.Facing up to Lyme disease

A paper published in Current Biology examines the extinction of a colourful little bird which, until recently, thrived in the eastern US. With the appalling environmental catastrophe enveloping Australia, home to 56 of the world’s 370 parrot species, this account of the Carolina parakeet’s demise is timely.Trying to save the parrot is not all talk

The recent rescue of a trawler 20km north of Fanad Head in Co Donegal gave us a glimpse of the enormous seas that occasionally strike that part of the coast.Islands of Ireland: Inishbeg Island begs the question

More From The Irish Examiner