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harmonyharmony Posts: 325
Barnsley Council (South Yorkshire) are not emptying the green bins for the foreseeable future. I might take this opportunity to let my privet hedge flower this year what do you think?..


  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,158
    edited March 2020
    I think the bees would be very happy if you let your privet flower.

    I have neither a green bin nor a brown bin, my local authority having failed to supply me with one when they first introduced them and then failed to supply me with one when I pointed out their error. I gave up and built an extra compost heap instead.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,620
    No green/brown bins here anyway.  Good compost heaps tho and a privet planted as a shrub by previous owners so it flowers.  Took me 2 years to realise it was a privet!
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,158
    They have a very evocative perfume for me. Bring back memories of my childhood. They will always be associated with the tiny front gardens of little red brick back to backs in mining villages of South Yorkshire.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • harmonyharmony Posts: 325
    Hexagon said:
    Some councils don't use green bins for garden waste, they use brown bins. Some councils use green bins for recycling waste.
    Our green bins are for garden waste and are emptied every fortnight and mine are always full. Because of corona virus they are suspending green bin collection so I think my garden will be on the wild side this year lol
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,481
    For me the perfume takes me back to sunny holidays in Brittany 😊 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • WilderbeastWilderbeast East YorkshirePosts: 1,314
    I'm planning to plant a privet hedge just for the flowers, short lived but very nice reminds me of life as a youngster we had lots of privet hedging (had clip it all by hand about 100mt) 
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 3,458
    My OK hates the smell of privets, actually it makes her choke. Each to their own...
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • PurpleRosePurpleRose North YorkshirePosts: 538
    Privet brings me back to my childhood.

    We have brown bins for the garden, green in house hold waste and blue is recycling.  So far we have not had any notice from our council about collections being suspended 

  • SkylarksSkylarks East MidlandsPosts: 379
    Derby city council have suspended the brown garden bin collection due to staff shortages. Not too much of a problem as I have the recycling centre near me. 

    I’ve been cleaning the bin handles after the bins have been emptied. I’ve just started to clean the bin handles just after I put the bins out as well. 
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,940
    I love privet flowers as well, takes me back to childhood, all cut with a pair of shears. 

    I don’t think we should ‘expect’ any services at the moment,  I think we should be grateful for anything we do get. 
    More people moving about, the longer this will take to get better. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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