Again thanks to Warren for sending the pic albeit a while ago now - sums it up nicely don't you think?
"Thanks everybody for your comments so far, it seems like a national 'problem/pastime'. At the moment I am incapacitated after an op and while I have the time off work I'm going to try to devise a simple survey we can all do over the next couple of weeks and by the end of the series hopefully we'll have a reasonable national dataset perhaps for Chis to present on the show giving the state of the nation's hedges this winter and perhaps try to change attitudes for next winter at least. With all the commotion about fuel prices, spending cuts and carbon counting it seems to be an illogical waste of time and money as well as a huge natural resourse our winter wildlife depends on. There will be some driving (or cycling for the fitter among you) involved in the survey to cover enough of your local countryside to get a fair representation of our hedges - watch this space for full details......"
We hope once we've devised the survey you'll take part and add your results to the national picture.
Where to next? Surveys-R-us for some ideas!
In the meantime let us know, unscientifically, what the state of your local hedgerows is at the mo.