Isisbridge

Isisbridge

Posted on 05/29/2014


Photo taken on May 25, 2014


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council green paint vandalism

council green paint vandalism
Oxford City Council vandalising brick walls with their vile green paint,
and simply creating a platform for further grff.

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Isisbridge
Isisbridge
This problem could be resolved if the Canal Trust were to stop their "edge-to-hedge" policy of strimming the towpath verges. They are preventing any natural vegetation from growing against this wall, thus creating a sterile and visually unattractive environment and leaving the wall wide-open to vandalism.

Oxfordfordshire County Council now has the right idea.
www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/13314385.Heine_on_Friday__Council_cuts_to_trimming_verges_on_sensible_policy_power
2 years ago. Edited 22 months ago.
Isisbridge
Isisbridge
Too many cooks spoil the broth when the right hand doesn't know what the other is doing.

In the summer of 2015, I suggested to my local councillor that this graff-ridden stretch of wall could be improved by planting cuttings, providing that the strimmers stopped strimming right up to the base of the wall.

council green paint vandalism

Lucy's, (owners of the wall) responded by donating some cultivated varieties of clematis, honeysuckle, and Virginia creeper, which I was asked to water. But this was done only at the north end near Walton Well Bridge.

Lucy's creepers

During the autumn of 2015, I spent considerable time and effort collecting cuttings and planting them along the remaining stretch of wall, but my work was totally destroyed when Fountains strimmed the base of the wall.

I contacted the Canal Trust and was told that Fountains had been instructed not to do this. Reassured, I planted more cuttings and was heartened to see most of them taking root,
as we had a mild wet winter that year. When Fountains came along in the spring of 2016, they left the base of the wall unstrimmed, and the natural vegetation of wild flowers began to re-establish itself around my cuttings of ivy, elder, buddleia etc.

buzzing canalside wall

If l'd been left to get on with things unhindered, the wall would have been well on its way to being covered by now, and the graff problem solved. But in June 2016, Fountains workmen once again destroyed the whole lot with their mindless strimming.

Fountains wrecks towpath again

EXAMPLE OF IAN KELLY'S "LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE"

I contacted the Canal Trust again to try to stop this happening and was told that I should put wire guards around my cuttings. How ridiculous! We're talking here of little bits of stick just a few inches long.

Nettles began to take over on the ground now denuded by Fountains, and my councillor suggested organising a working party to clear them. This would have been counterpro-ductive, of course, as the whole idea was to leave the base of the wall alone to allow my cuttings to grow. I replied that the nettles would eventually be superceded by the new foliage, and in any case are good for the environment and shouldn't cause any problem to passers-by, providing that Fountains fulfil their obligation to strim the edge of the towpath.

By the autumn of 2016, it was finally arranged that Fountains would leave a twelve-inch strip at the base of the wall. "Third time lucky," I thought, and was all set to plant more cuttings. But then I discovered that Lucy's had been planting more of their creepers at the north end, and in doing so had hacked down the elder.

creepers enhancing the towpath

TOWPATH ELDER BUSH DESTROYED

Lucy has planted more creepers

BEAUTIFUL ELDER HACKED DOWN

elder hacked down

I felt I was fighting a losing battle here and asked why they were cutting down foliage when the aim of the project was to encourage it. The response was that Lucy's didn't want elder bushes damaging their wall and would be planting the entire length with creepers.

Accordingly, I washed my hands of the whole affair, pleased that someone else would be doing the work, but aggrieved that so much of my time had been wasted.

However, since then, there has been no sign of Lucy's doing any more gardening in this location. No further creepers have been planted; the elder that was so ruthlessly hacked down has grown back again; and the whole stretch is now dominated by profuse nettles, (which I will doubtless be blamed for). But at least the butterflies will be happy. -- May 2017
5 months ago. Edited 5 months ago.