Some of you may remember me writing a couple of posts about the land next door, in the grounds of what was the village school, being sold for development, click here and here if you would like to read about how I was trying to protect our dormouse habitat. This post is an update on how the building is going.
I am now relying on all the trees and shrubs to hide us in the summer. Having got used to being totally private for 23 years except for little planes passing over on their way to Exeter airport, I’m thinking I might have to allow my hedge to grow a bit higher in future.
This is also the hedge that the dormice live in. One day when I was weeding the bog garden, there was a digger working the other side of the hedge ( there is also an overgrown lane between us). I don’t know what he was doing to the Devon Bank that the hedge is on, but the bushes on their side were moving up and down. I’m hoping that the shrubs will be ok, but feel that they will probably die. Doesn’t he know the penalties that he will face if the dormice habitat is destroyed, they are so well protected. The council were told about the dormice each time we objected to an application and I’m sure he would have been there when we gave our three minute talk to the council at the time of his final application.
I think the house is almost finished, they have told us that they want to move in some time in May. This was when he also told me that he has a regular look at my woodland garden each day when he arrives to work on the house, hmmm……maybe I need another hedge on that side too!