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RE: Netting over hedges

Subject: RE: Netting over hedges
From: Mark Mackworth-Praed
Date: Mar 12 2019 16:29:28
A case reported in today's 'Times' - a site near the River Wey in Guildford, 
Surrey, where the developer had put white netting over 11 trees - however 
they have agreed to remove it in view of all the fuss and the fact that they 
don't intend to start work until well after the nesting season.
Among the complainants was apparently Sir Philip Pullman of 'His Dark 
Materials' fame - clearly not keen on light materials, then.
I'll call a taxi 

Mark M-P

-----Original Message-----
From: uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info <uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info> 
On Behalf Of Andy Ball
Sent: 12 March 2019 12:37
To: UK Tree Care <uktc@xxxxxx.tree-care.info>
Subject: Re: Netting over hedges

There was a piece about this on Jeremy Vines show last week, I think the site 
discussed was in Norfolk. 

Andy Jones’s email seems to sum up what the developer was saying to justify 
the netting.

Andy Ball



On 12 Mar 2019, at 11:25, Bill Anderson <anderson.arb.original@xxxxxx.com> 
wrote:

I suppose as the offence is to "recklessly disturb" then taking some 
action to show you've addressed the issue is prudent. But don't those 
Southern Europeans use nets to catch small birds? (The uncivilised 
b*******s) And having had to rescue small birds from the net covering 
an apricot tree I must say I'm doubtful about the practice and the logic...
Bill.
PS someone covered an entire flipping Deodar (15+ M tall) with net on 
a job round the corner from me....

On Tue, 12 Mar 2019 at 11:15, Andrew Jones 
<Andrew.jones@xxxxxxxxxxx.gov.uk>
wrote:

Netting is generally a short term measure used in advance of hedgerow 
removals planned within the nesting season - sometimes due to 
pre-commencement conditions not having  been discharged (so hedgerow 
removal cannot be undertaken as part of the commencement of an 'approved'
development)  or to avoid adverse impacts on other species
(dormouse/reptiles) that could be adversely impacted if hedgerows 
were removed outside of the nesting season.

Sound ecological practice if hedgerows need to be removed  in the 
nesting season and a developer wishes to avoid allegations of 
disturbing nesting birds. Another alternative (where dormice are not 
involved) is coppicing the hedgerows but this is more harmful visually.

It's usually a just a risk reduction strategy (no one claiming it to 
be 100% effective) and hedgerow removal would still be undertaken 
under ecological supervision.

Just depends on the context and reasons for doing it.

The petitions may well be just to frustrate development and trying to 
prevent reserved matters or discharge of condition applications being 
approved.

Andy

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