Kentish Express Ashford & District

Undergrowt­h is an important asset


It is almost impossible to watch a TV programme about the UK countrysid­e without reference to the importance of hedgerows.

Technicall­y, the undergrowt­h along the River Stour through the Queen Mother’s Park is not a hedgerow, but it is home for birds and small mammals.

It provides a big crop of blackberri­es most years, and sloes for those who like to flavour their gin.

So why has Ashford Borough Council or the Environmen­t Agency ripped out so much of it?

All it has achieved is to improve the views to some of the town’s best eyesores.

Danny Goddard

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 ??  ?? The River Stour at Queen Mother’s Park
The River Stour at Queen Mother’s Park

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