What is wrong with people that they constantly feel they have to try and control the natural things that happen around us? The things that keep us alive and make our earth?
I see people out with their strimmers cutting back the the country hedgerows for some unknown reason. Hedge cutters tearing the trees, leaving them susceptible to diseases and rotting. My absolute pet hate is when they spray the ditches. And not just outside their home but up to 200m either side.
Every week I walk with Tabitha and my littlest and middle niece to the local national school in Conna to collect the biggest niece. It’s not a long walk but it’s pretty, crossing over the bridge, watching the mermaid’s hair in the river, the cows or sheep in the fields and enjoying the abundant hedgerows and picking flowers.
Today was a different story, the verges by the path had been sprayed within an inch of it’s life. Plants, flowers, weeds that strived for survival amongst each other, now brown and dead.
Why would one spray dangerous chemicals on a pathway used daily by people, children and dogs?
My middle niece went to pick a dandelion that had seen better days. For the first time ever I said “You can’t pick that! They’ve sprayed them with horrible chemicals that could make you sick!”
The thing is, 2, 5 and 7 year olds don’t see “unsightly” weeds. They see little bunches of flowers to bring home to their mum when she comes back from work. They see little seed collections to investigate at home, place on kitchen paper on the kitchen windowsill. They see fairy houses, bug houses and little flowers that I clip into their hair.
Further up the path, nearer the school, they sprayed the bottom of the native hedge. Why? Because there was a few tall nettles growing onto the pathway. Now the spray has burned the chestnut saplings, the hawthorn and brambles.
Dear Lord! If they bother you that much, get on a pair of rubber gloves and pull the nettles out by hand! Use your enthusiasm to “tidy up” to pick up some of the dog poop other people are too lazy to pick up!
If you think it’s so unsightly, dig up the weeds and sow some bee friendly wildflowers.
Make it your own, but do not take from others!
I don’t understand how they think that a dead yellow-brown verge is far better than a green one full of life!
Did this verge affect you so much so, that you couldn’t sleep at night? That you couldn’t think passed “I MUST KILL THE WEEDY VERGE!” or are you so ignorant that you don’t know that our bee population is in major decline? Or that your chemical spray leached into the soil and has killed earthworms?
Why are you so HELL BENT on killing our existence?