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Thorny bushes

Reported in the Miscellaneous category by Mrs Gregory at 14:52, Friday 22 June 2018

Sent to Stevenage Borough Council 3 minutes later

The bushes around this area drop massive, strong thorns all over the paths and grass (see photo), and it's particularly bad after they've been trimmed. I've been pulling them out of my kids bicycle tyres for years and have spent a fortune on repairs and new inner tubes. Now today I've pulled this thorn out of my poor dogs paw, this is the third time it's happened to him in 18 months. These bushes are not pretty and don't seem to serve any purpose. Please can they be dug out and replaced with something more attractive and wildlife friendly like lavender or something?

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  • I had to pull another, much larger (see photo) thorn out of my poor dogs paw this morning. This was about 20 feet away from the bushes - I have been keeping him from getting too close but they're obviously spreading.

    Posted by Mrs Gregory at 09:28, Saturday 7 July 2018

  • All I can say is that the thorns are definitely spreading as I have to pull them out of the soles of my shoes quite regularly. Thankfully they are quite thick but I've heard that children with summer shoes on have not been so lucky!

    Posted by Mrs Gregory at 13:50, Saturday 21 July 2018
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 16:38, Saturday 18 August 2018

  • Nothing's changed, still pulling thorns out of my soles and my dog has learned to recognize when he has one in his paw so he keeps his paw up for me to deal with!

    Posted by Mrs Gregory at 17:17, Saturday 15 September 2018
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  • I received an email asking me where the bushes are, but that's it. They haven't even been trimmed (I don't think they've been trimmed at all this year!). I'll have to put in a claim for vet treatment at some point and probably new shoes soon...

    Posted by Mrs Gregory at 21:00, Saturday 13 October 2018
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  • Some bushes have now been trimmed, not all, but although the path was swept there are thorns on the grass which are slowly being spread. I am in contact with someone at the local authority who hopefully will see that trimming a third of a bush doesn't prevent thorns from growing and being a nuisance!

    Posted by Mrs Gregory at 13:54, Tuesday
    Still open, via questionnaire

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