Poi­son ivy?

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I was read­ing an ar­ti­cle in your mag­a­zine con­cern­ing the dis­as­trous ef­fects of ivy on build­ings (Oc­to­ber, pages 144-5).

The ar­ti­cle men­tioned English Her­itage stat­ing to the ef­fect that ivy could be of ben­e­fit to build­ings; I sug­gest this is al­most never the case.

If you look at the progress of ivy grow­ing up a build­ing, it will take ad­van­tage of ev­ery small crevice to insert it­self; around win­dows, doors, into roofs, be­hind tile hang­ing and un­der­neath cop­ings.

As the plant con­tin­ues to grow, the ten­drils en­large and en­twine them­selves into the struc­ture. This re­sults in tiles be­ing


FareShare Food Bank now has a Mercedes Sprinter van thanks to the help of a £2,500 do­na­tion from Folke­stone Chan­nel Ro­tary Club – and it car­ries the Folke­stone Ro­tary logo proudly on its side pan­els.

The van has the ad­di­tional ben­e­fit of chiller and freezer func­tions which greatly in­crease FareShare’s abil­ity to trans­port, ev­ery day of the year, much-needed food to dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tres, char­i­ties and other good causes through­out the area.

The many ben­e­fi­cia­ries in­clude schools, hos­tels, refuges, soup kitchens, churches, home­less cen­tres, day cen­tres for older lifted and al­low­ing wa­ter and wind to gain a foothold. It will also loosen the point­ing to brick­work and dan­ger­ously loosen cop­ing stones at high level.

As the plant gets larger it can also be in­fested with wood­worm and in­tro­duce this to the build­ing. Although some build­ings have treated struc­tural tim­bers, many dol not, cre­at­ing a very costly ro­mance with ivy!

Yes, the bees love the plant for its win­ter food sup­ply, but keep it off build­ings. Also while some may say it does not harm trees, it can be­come so heavy on branches that it will cause them to break.

James Ba­con, via email peo­ple and those with dis­abil­i­ties and or­gan­i­sa­tions sup­port­ing refugees and mi­grants.

Since ac­quir­ing the van, FareShare has greatly in­creased its num­ber and range of de­liv­er­ies in the Shepway area from eight to 24 char­i­ties. This year, it will dis­trib­ute more than 350 tonnes of food and ex­pects this to triple over the next three years. Dun­can Hop­kin, Folke­stone

Chan­nel Ro­tary’s Next Ma­jor Event is our Santa Run on 9 De­cem­ber start­ing at Bouverie Place Shop­ping Cen­tre, Folke­stone, www.san­tas­fun­run.org.uk

Ivy is of­ten as­so­ci­ated with churches and grave­yards

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