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West Manley Lane Hedgerow Report 2009-Annex 8 to WMLCG Representation

This report contains the results of a hedgerow assessment undertaken along the hedgebanks lining West Manley Lane, located within an agricultural landscape to he east of Tiverton. West Manley Lane comprises of a single track road, approximately 1.5km in length, leading south then east from Blundells Road at National Grid Reference SS 977 131, to an unnamed road at National Grid Reference SS 988 126, with the lane centred at National Grid Reference SS 981 126. This survey was carried out for the West Manley Lane Conservation Group.

To see the complete report please download the PDF above.

If you would like to learn more about the impact of hedges on the English countryside then the following books might be if interest to you:

How England made the English: From Hedgerows to Heathrow by Harry Mount 2012 (Viking £20).

Hedges by E. Pollard, MD Hooper & N. W. Moore 1974 (Collins £50). The masterwork on the feature defines the English countryside more than any other. Dr Max Hooper is responsible for the magical Hooper's Rule, for dating hedges; count the number of species in a 30-yard stretch of hedge, multiply the figure by 110 and you will have its age.

The Landscape of Placenames by Margaret Gelling & Ann Cole 2000 (Shaun Tyas £17.95).

Wildlife of a garden: A Thirty year study By Jennifer Owen 2010 (RHS £30).

The Making of the English Landscape by W. G. Hoskins 1955 (out of print).

All above chosen by Harry Mount  as books that best describe the forces that created the national landscape.

Extract from The Week 23 June 2012 issue 874.

 

Early Purple Orchid-Orchis mascula. Flowers Apr-Jun.

Lesser Celandine-Ranunculus ficaria. Flowers Mar-May. An ointment for treating piles can be made from the fresh flowers-hence the ancient name Pilewort.

 

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