Country diary: nature’s little tenements laid bare

Tinwell, Rutland: In winter the hawthorn hedge loses its walls, revealing the floors within, the well-used arches beneath

Off this road that runs into Rutland a section of hedge finds my eye. I’ve long liked how it twists over the brow of the road, like a dry-stone wall over a Lakeland hillside.

Hedges are often described as Britain’s biggest nature reserves, and the most ignored. Step back: here in English lowland, hedgerows are the edges of the patchwork, the lines that divide the landscape. Try imagining it without them. They are as essential to its aesthetic as features to a face.

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Source: The Guardian
Country diary: nature’s little tenements laid bare