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Les Miserable

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PostSubject: Brunel   Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:24 pm

Why has poor old Mr Brunel, he of the pennycomequick roundabout been forsaken to enormous weeds? Bizarre.  Brent out
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PostSubject: Re: Brunel   Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:49 pm

Wildflowers, innit, not weeds.

Good for the bumble bees and so on.
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PostSubject: Re: Brunel   Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:57 pm

Think it's gone well beyond that, can't even see the fella, vertically challenged as he was. Perhaps our very own bees could clarify the particular weedage strains.
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PostSubject: Re: Brunel   Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:33 pm

Get my neighbour in there. He's bought a field and he's keeping one end of it for "nature" he then strims anything daring to grow higher than an inch.
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PostSubject: Re: Brunel   Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:44 pm

Sir Francis Drake wrote:
Wildflowers, innit, not weeds.

Good for the bumble bees and so on.
Wildflowers in desperately short supply for our ecosystem. No wildflowers, no bees, no pollination, no food.

Let yee gardens grow wild, yer roadside verges flower free, and yer pubic regions blossom.
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PostSubject: Re: Brunel   Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:20 pm

how come we had bees, pollination and food in the 60's when Plymouth Council maintained beautifully manicured lawns and verges?
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PostSubject: Re: Brunel   Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:36 pm

Neonicotinoids, I'd have thought. Introduced in the 1980s, widespread in the 1990s.

The EU are likely to ban them this year. We voted against, obviously.
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PostSubject: Re: Brunel   Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:55 pm

Mock Cuncher wrote:
Sir Francis Drake wrote:
Wildflowers, innit, not weeds.

Good for the bumble bees and so on.
Wildflowers in desperately short supply for our ecosystem. No wildflowers, no bees, no pollination, no food.

Let yee gardens grow wild, yer roadside verges flower free, and yer pubic regions blossom.

Funny you should say that, I look out every year for the Early Purple Orchids flowering on the verge as you approach the Rock at Crapstone and highways mow them before they finish flowering. Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Brunel   Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:56 pm

Pesky red tape, innit.

The dead hand of bureaucracy holding back our entrepreneurs.
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PostSubject: Re: Brunel   Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:00 pm

I'm not sure what's so entrepreneurial about not cutting verges but then I'm stupid. raised eyebrow
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PostSubject: Re: Brunel   Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:34 pm

Fear not Les, poor old IK had to scarper from Pennycomequick when a huge water main burst and spouted a mahoosive fountain. He might return, but the water pressure is quite a different matter.
As is normal these days with privatised companies coining it with our essential utilities, despite massive profits, they're planning to turn the water pressure down across Devon by up to 50% so as to save further mains bursts. Clever, these yer private companies, we promised to sort sort yer infrastructure cost problems, so we'll just downsize the whole supply system.... Beeching, 21st century style.
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PostSubject: Re: Brunel   Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:31 pm

Mock Cuncher wrote:
Neonicotinoids, I'd have thought. Introduced in the 1980s, widespread in the 1990s.

The EU are likely to ban them this year. We voted against, obviously.


April 2018

European Union countries have agreed to a ban on pesticides that harm bees in a decision hailed by green campaigners as a “major victory”.

Britain and 15 other nations including Germany and France voted in favour of stopping the outdoor use of “neonicotinoid” pesticides in the EU.



Denmark, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania voted against the ban. Eight EU countries, including Poland, Bulgaria and Belgium abstained


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PostSubject: Re: Brunel   Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:42 pm

PatDunne wrote:
how come we had bees, pollination and food in the 60's when Plymouth Council maintained beautifully manicured lawns and verges?

Because the bees also had other places to go. Like people's gardens, which were gardens then - not covered in decking and concrete. And like woods. And overgrown bomb sites which hadn't then been redeveloped.
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PostSubject: Re: Brunel   Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:22 pm

If you want to find bees the gardens of suburbia are a haven compared to the countryside now. The hay meadows have gone replaced by mono crop rye grass for silage or improved pasture as its known. Bee keepers call it green desert. Local beekeepers could take 200lb of honey from a hive pre war where as 50lb is a good year now. Brent out.
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PostSubject: Re: Brunel   Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:53 am

Peggy wrote:
PatDunne wrote:
how come we had bees, pollination and food in the 60's when Plymouth Council maintained beautifully manicured lawns and verges?

Because the bees also had other places to go. Like people's gardens, which were gardens then - not covered in decking and concrete. And like woods. And overgrown bomb sites which hadn't then been redeveloped.

And there weren't as much intensive farming, pesticides, invasive species or climate change.
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