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Animals under threat in Brighton gardens

The Argus: Mike Dalley by the bushes in New Steine Gardens Buy this photo Mike Dalley by the bushes in New Steine Gardens

A shopkeeper has accused council officials of endangering animals by cutting back bushes.

Mike Dalley, the owner of Cardome card shop in St James’s Street, said a family of rabbits was |living in bushes in New Steine Gardens.

But yesterday morning (November 12) council workers began cutting the foliage, putting them at risk, he believes.

He said: “We have lots of flora and fauna there.

“They just did it out of the blue.”

He added hedges were normally cut in thirds on a three-year cycle to ensure habitat is retained.

Mr Dalley said he had been told the hedges were too tall and needed to be cut on health and safety grounds.

He added: “It is such drastic action they have taken.”

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8:11pm Tue 13 Nov 12

den2il says...

"the hedges were too tall and needed to be cut on health and safety grounds."

...and who's fault was that?
"the hedges were too tall and needed to be cut on health and safety grounds." ...and who's fault was that? den2il
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8:35pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Are there any communities left which the Greens have not cut a swathe through.
Humans, trees, wild flowers, rabbits....they must all be culled, cut and burned for they are evil.
Are there any communities left which the Greens have not cut a swathe through. Humans, trees, wild flowers, rabbits....they must all be culled, cut and burned for they are evil. Maxwell's Ghost
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8:57pm Tue 13 Nov 12

mimseycal says...

Health and Safety needs to be cut back for common sense and sanity.

Do Brighton & Hove council no longer employ individuals with some horticultural know how in their the Cityparks department? Those shrubs look as if they have been razed to the ground instead of trimmed.
Health and Safety needs to be cut back for common sense and sanity. Do Brighton & Hove council no longer employ individuals with some horticultural know how in their the Cityparks department? Those shrubs look as if they have been razed to the ground instead of trimmed. mimseycal
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9:41pm Tue 13 Nov 12

ARealBessie says...

Mr Dalley, you should come check out the 'sensitive' restoration of The Level. Forget cutting down the hedging bit by bit, it seems the council has opted for the shock and awe, blitzkrieg approach and destroyed the entire lot of hedging surrounding the old southern children's playground. The council yanked it all up in the space of two days! The northern lawns were sprayed with lawn killer before removal, and it won't be long before the all the hedging (along with all the healthy birch trees and rose bushes) lining the Rosewalk is all destroyed as well. So much for respecting local wildlife.
Such practice is not down to the Greens - we can thank BHCC's Parks Project Team, BHCC's 'conservation' dept', Land Use Consultants, and Heritage Lottery for that. However, the Greens have proved utterly spineless in standing up for 'green' principles. Rather, one green ward councillor after another simply jumped aboard the 'loadsa money' council bandwagon and, well, we're now all starting to see the results: Champayne Socialists! What a surprise.
Oh, and Bill Randall is no dog lover. Just thought I'd throw that it in.
Mr Dalley, you should come check out the 'sensitive' restoration of The Level. Forget cutting down the hedging bit by bit, it seems the council has opted for the shock and awe, blitzkrieg approach and destroyed the entire lot of hedging surrounding the old southern children's playground. The council yanked it all up in the space of two days! The northern lawns were sprayed with lawn killer before removal, and it won't be long before the all the hedging (along with all the healthy birch trees and rose bushes) lining the Rosewalk is all destroyed as well. So much for respecting local wildlife. Such practice is not down to the Greens - we can thank BHCC's Parks Project Team, BHCC's 'conservation' dept', Land Use Consultants, and Heritage Lottery for that. However, the Greens have proved utterly spineless in standing up for 'green' principles. Rather, one green ward councillor after another simply jumped aboard the 'loadsa money' council bandwagon and, well, we're now all starting to see the results: Champayne Socialists! What a surprise. Oh, and Bill Randall is no dog lover. Just thought I'd throw that it in. ARealBessie
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9:41pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

It's a Brighton Bush Brazilian minseycal
It's a Brighton Bush Brazilian minseycal Maxwell's Ghost
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10:12pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Martha Gunn says...

Green Party conservation practices?
Green Party conservation practices? Martha Gunn
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10:51pm Tue 13 Nov 12

clubrob6 says...

There is a area near me where 100s of sparrows roost at night,what a noise they make at dawn.Luckily the dense shrubs are on my land but im keeping it a secret .Birds need dense shrubs to roost as well as other wildlife the winter is nearly here so thought should be to leave somewhere for wildlife.I also dont know who the company are thats cutting large trees back on many streets they are over pruning doing away with roosting areas etc.
There is a area near me where 100s of sparrows roost at night,what a noise they make at dawn.Luckily the dense shrubs are on my land but im keeping it a secret .Birds need dense shrubs to roost as well as other wildlife the winter is nearly here so thought should be to leave somewhere for wildlife.I also dont know who the company are thats cutting large trees back on many streets they are over pruning doing away with roosting areas etc. clubrob6
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1:59am Wed 14 Nov 12

BenUk says...

Health & Safty issue?? what?? people having buggerery in the shrubery, to right health & saftly needs to be cut back, and shop keepers are always moany stuck up people, moan about anything, seriously argos why waste time printing such crap this aint news, want to see a rabbit go take a walk in the country however if u want to see a fox stick you head out the window.
Health & Safty issue?? what?? people having buggerery in the shrubery, to right health & saftly needs to be cut back, and shop keepers are always moany stuck up people, moan about anything, seriously argos why waste time printing such crap this aint news, want to see a rabbit go take a walk in the country however if u want to see a fox stick you head out the window. BenUk
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9:01am Wed 14 Nov 12

plantwoman says...

BenUk wrote:
Health & Safty issue?? what?? people having buggerery in the shrubery, to right health & saftly needs to be cut back, and shop keepers are always moany stuck up people, moan about anything, seriously argos why waste time printing such crap this aint news, want to see a rabbit go take a walk in the country however if u want to see a fox stick you head out the window.
Judging by the time that this was posted, and the standard of spelling, grammar etc, you've obviously had a good night out!
Just to clarify - Argos is a retailer (that means they sell things).
By the way, just because you think 'this aint news', doesn't mean that we all share your opinion.
[quote][p][bold]BenUk[/bold] wrote: Health & Safty issue?? what?? people having buggerery in the shrubery, to right health & saftly needs to be cut back, and shop keepers are always moany stuck up people, moan about anything, seriously argos why waste time printing such crap this aint news, want to see a rabbit go take a walk in the country however if u want to see a fox stick you head out the window.[/p][/quote]Judging by the time that this was posted, and the standard of spelling, grammar etc, you've obviously had a good night out! Just to clarify - Argos is a retailer (that means they sell things). By the way, just because you think 'this aint news', doesn't mean that we all share your opinion. plantwoman
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9:02am Wed 14 Nov 12

plantwoman says...

The hoodie look is a bit scary on older people, isn't it?
The hoodie look is a bit scary on older people, isn't it? plantwoman
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9:08am Wed 14 Nov 12

Morpheus says...

Do rabbits live at the top of shrubs? I thought they lived in burrows.
Do rabbits live at the top of shrubs? I thought they lived in burrows. Morpheus
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9:59am Wed 14 Nov 12

qm says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
It's a Brighton Bush Brazilian minseycal
A bit naughty but bl**dy hilarious :D
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: It's a Brighton Bush Brazilian minseycal[/p][/quote]A bit naughty but bl**dy hilarious :D qm
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10:00am Wed 14 Nov 12

MontyDon says...

Those council workers work jolly hard and are doing a splendid job. The community should get behind them and take them tea and donuts to keep them going through the day.
Those council workers work jolly hard and are doing a splendid job. The community should get behind them and take them tea and donuts to keep them going through the day. MontyDon
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10:01am Wed 14 Nov 12

Dano titchmarsh says...

I think they are doing a wonderful job, the rhs would b proud, the views are spectacular down there now. I agree with Monty don.
I think they are doing a wonderful job, the rhs would b proud, the views are spectacular down there now. I agree with Monty don. Dano titchmarsh
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10:47am Wed 14 Nov 12

JumboJimbo says...

CityParks is a disaster, run by meglomaniacs who have no time for conservation.. and think they are above politics or the wishes of the people and councillors..It wouldnt surprise me if this was a deliberate ploy by cityparks to create another anti-green story for the argus.
CityParks is a disaster, run by meglomaniacs who have no time for conservation.. and think they are above politics or the wishes of the people and councillors..It wouldnt surprise me if this was a deliberate ploy by cityparks to create another anti-green story for the argus. JumboJimbo
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6:38pm Wed 14 Nov 12

MontyDon says...

Buggering Bunnies in the Bushes........Thank god for the boys in green, saving us from such debauchery.
Buggering Bunnies in the Bushes........Thank god for the boys in green, saving us from such debauchery. MontyDon
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9:27pm Wed 14 Nov 12

good2bback says...

The bushes have to be cut back.....because of all so say drinkers. I live and love (this area) but/butts are must...Rabbits hide and burrow............He
llo it is 2012
The bushes have to be cut back.....because of all so say drinkers. I live and love (this area) but/butts are must...Rabbits hide and burrow............He llo it is 2012 good2bback
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