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
HELPING FEED SHEPWAY
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