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Leaves & Fruit from a Neighbour's Tree
Leaves & Fruit from a Neighbour's Tree
It is the season of falling leaves and falling fruit but who is responsible for clearing up the leaves and what is to be done with the fruit from the neighbour’s tree? Leaves It is generally accepted that a leaf attached to a tree belongs to the owner of the tree, but when a leaf becomes detached from the tree, it becomes a free agent and when the leaf lands, it then belongs to whoever...
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The Tragedy of the Commons
The Tragedy of the Commons
Shared Environmental Resources The phrase ‘tragedy of the commons’ was first coined by the biologist Garrett Hardin in 1968. It describes how shared environmental resources are overused and eventually depleted. Hardin compared ‘shared resources’ to a ‘common grazing pasture’, whereby individuals with rights to the pasture graze as many animals as possible,...
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The Hedge Fund
The Hedge Fund
Hedgerows are one of Britain's most valuable habitats. They form important wildlife havens and highways, they form barriers and wind-breaks, they provide a refuge for songbirds and a home for voles, mice and shrews. Hedgerows are also a great source of wild food for us and this autumn is perhaps the most productive that hedgerows have been in a dozen years. The quality and quantity of hips and...
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Who Owns the Tree?
Who Owns the Tree?
‘It will be obvious that the question of who owns trees on or near a boundary will often be of great importance to the owners of the land on either side - if only so as to determine the question of who has the duty to maintain them, or the right to fell them.’ Mynors 2002 In most cases, a tree in its entirety (trunk, branches and roots) is owned by the person who controls the land...
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“Ah earth you old extinguisher.”
“Ah earth you old extinguisher.”
“Ah earth you old extinguisher.” from Happy Days by Samuel Beckett On a hot summer day how much water does a tree use? How much water is available to use? How long can a tree survive without it raining? How do Trees Use Water? Trees use or lose water by two separate processes. Firstly, water is taken up by tree roots from the soil and evaporated through the pores or...
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