Laws passed by Parliament sometimes have unintended consequences and then have to be revised. The law permitting sewage discharge into rivers is a case in point. Life is like that. It could be said that there is a natural law of unintended consequences, often not beneficial however worthy the intention.
Take for example morphine. In the form of heroin, it became used as an effective pain killer, and was then found to be highly addictive with unpleasant withdrawal effects. The overuse of antibiotics has led to many diseases becoming resistant. When farming involves the use of fertilizers, weed killers, insecticides and fungicides the crop yields improve considerably, but the runoff into streams causes problems, useful insects and other wildlife are destroyed. The list goes on. Unintended consequences.
Who would have thought, when coal and oil mining became major industries, that they would lead to dramatic damaging results for the entire planet? Originally, they seemed to provide boundless sources of useful energy, making for more comfortable lives and easy transport. We now know the unintended consequences. The problem is that we have become addicted to comfort and easy travelling. Who would willingly exchange their air-conditioned car for a horse and trap?
Withdrawal symptoms may well be uncomfortable, but the alternative which will be even more uncomfortable for all life, as has become unpleasantly clear.
Our work party returned to Fryern Dell on 3rd June to resume the work programme, following a recent agreement of a Schedule of Works with the managing agents. The aim being to enable the natural beauty to be appreciated by visitors to the Dell. The Dell, which is an old Victorian pleasure garden, contains many interesting tree and shrub species. Amongst these are heritage rhododendron species such as those pictured above, which are called Louis Pasteur and Mrs C. E .Stirling.
We meet again on Saturday 1st July at 10.00am to clear the riverbank and paths between Love Lane and Fryern Dell. All are welcome to join us in this voluntary work – tools provided, plenty of fresh air and friendly company.
For information about this rearrangement and our other activities, or on becoming a member, please get in touch with Chairman Mick Denness on 01903 745971, or see our website. www.storringtonconservation.org.uk/.
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