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Villagers have waged 'war' on their council after contractors trimmed a beloved hedge so much that protesters believe it would have killed hundreds of animals.
More than 150 campaigners gathered to protest the cutting, which saw gardeners hack back the huge hedge almost down to the roots.
Thanet - Council - Fire - Disaster - Kent
Thanet Council are under fire for the 'ecological disaster' in the Kent gardens because campaigners claim the trimming, which took place on June 4, would have killed or disturbed hundreds of animals.
Amelia Gregory, from the Thanet Trees campaign group, said: 'It was a disastrous decision to flail these bushes with a completely inappropriate industrial machine, without due checks for nesting birds.
Waste - Hedging - Bird - Population - Homeless
'They've lain waste to elderly ornamental hedging that may never recover, and leaving a huge bird population homeless.'
The council leader responded to the hedge cutting at Margate Winter Gardens in Kent by calling for an internal review and cancelling all hedge maintenance until October 1.
RSPB - Hedges - Bushes - March - August
The RSPB advises the public not to cut or prune hedges and bushes between March and August due to the likelihood of...
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