Country diary: ‘hedge’ is too small a word for these wild Cornish giants

Country diary: ‘hedge’ is too small a word for these wild Cornish giants

Port Quin, Cornwall: In places, these vertical jungles reach five metres high, constricting the lanes into deep green ravines

The narrow road is flanked by things for which the word “hedge” seems inadequate; they are more like walls of wildness, bristling and impenetrable linear jungles where the vegetation is so abundant and overflowing that it is hard to tell one plant from another.

In places, these super-hedges reach five metres high, constricting the lanes into deep green ravines, the sides bristling with a heady jumble of trees, bushes, herbs, creepers, ferns and flowers. When we arrived here last night, via these gorge-like back roads, my car’s proximity sensors were continually confused by drooping foxgloves and lolling heads of agrimony.

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