Last year in our bid to be more self sufficient we raided the hedgerows for Brambles in our every spare moment, but even then with our 'towny' ways, we knew to leave some for the birds and some for regeneration. We took what we needed and no more.Last year - not a blackberry in sight.
This year we are reaping the rewards for our forethought. The hedgerows that were sparse or only lightly berried last year (which we left well-alone) are virtually throwing blackberries at us. There are so many we could go wild. But once again we always take care to leave some for the birds and insects that rely on this bounty of nature to see them through the Winter.
If we tread lightly on our journey through life we will always reap the benefits.~