In de­fence of ivy

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

FOL­LOW­ING the let­ter about the much-ma­ligned ivy (May 16), I would like to say a few words in its de­fence. Ivy is not a par­a­site in that it doesn’t live off its host— it’s a climber, although ad­mit­tedly a vig­or­ous one—and it doesn’t kill trees. This is a myth. Ivy is ex­tremely im­por­tant to wildlife, pro­vid­ing much-needed win­ter shel­ter and is a late food source for bees, but­ter­flies and moths, among oth­ers. Many birds nest in ma­ture ivy and, as well as be­ing a fan­tas­tic ab­sorber of pol­lu­tion, it is a life­line in win­ter for berry-eat­ing birds, in­clud­ing the strug­gling song thrush. Let’s cel­e­brate ivy. Ca­role Levi, Lin­colnshire

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