Anyway Badgers are popular at the moment. You can watch them on the telly frolicking about. Farmers, who are a bit miffed, have an image as a miserable bunch always moaning and anyway their effing tractors are so slow and we get stuck behind them for miles on the road. (Tongue in my cheeek dear reader).
If you were a minister in an unpopular government who would you back.
It has been the cause of many disputes between neighbours (i have a leylandii but it is kept to the height of the but the fence) Leylandii may be under threat.
Cypress Aphids from southern Europe are by feasting on the sap, turning its leaves brown and eventually killing it. Why it should suddenly be happening now is a bit of a mystery since the aphids have been prevalent in the South and East of England since the 19th century.
Dr Jean Fitzgerald from East Malling Laboratories said:
It's not clear whether they are injecting a toxin into the plant or whether they are damaging its water transport system, which then kills it.
The aphid is a real pest in Mediterranean countries and parts of Africa, where it can wipe out entire populations. But here not much is known about it.
We're still not sure whether it's a problem that's always been there, but not been noticed before, or whether it really is getting worse, perhaps due to warmer springs.
I did chuckle at this comment from Bunny Guinness a panelist on BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time
.... and because they're not indigenous you don't get much wildlife associated with them.
Now correct if I'm wrong but whenever I see a gardening programme on TV they are planting stuff that is hardly ever indigenous. Although I'll admit that Leylandii are not attractive they do grow quickly and you just have to cut the things once a year to keep them under control. With a pair of electric clippers it doesn't take that long.