Letter: Hedge funding

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Sir: In the same week as the Government claims to be redirecting money to help the countryside, all arable farmers have been sent a Ministry of Agriculture booklet (Arable Area Payments Scheme, Part I) stating that farmers will be penalised if a field boundary, a hedge or ditch, is more than two metres in width.

What are we to believe? These wide features are surely the most valuable to wildlife and the countryside.


Tolleshunt D'Arcy,