Sugar beet? The field next to me was full of it last year and says you are wrong. Perhaps you should go to the countryside sometime.
Hedgerows? What do you think surrounds the one-off houses? As I say, there's nothing as sterile as a field of crops.
No argument about septic tanks, as I say, it's a matter for regulation. There's a solution to every problem, no matter the expense. The solution should be imposed.
I stand corrected - it is possible that sugar beet may be grown in Ireland http://www.irisheconomy.ie/index.php/20 ... een-saved/http://www.askaboutireland.ie/reading-r ... e-farming/
It definitely is not grown in any quantity
People often refer to Fodder Beet as Sugar Beet -they are virtually the same
In relation to hedgerows around one off houses - they are in the vast majority are non native plants - Leylandia, Beech etc
I have never seen a species rich hedgerow planted around a house
IMHO industrial production of crops should be allowed provided some areas are kept.
This habitat (hedgerows) is an important reservoir for native plant diversity. Fieldwork revealed 144 species of plants of which 99 were native Irish species. Typical native hedgerow plants include hawthorn, ash, blackthorn, elder, wild rose, holly, cow-parsley, false oat, lords and ladies, cleavers, herb-robert, wood avens, hogweed and lesser celandine. The dominant tree is the non-native sycamore. Other more rarely occurring hedgerow plants are crab apple, oak, hazel, primrose, dog violet and ground ivy. http://www.hedgelaying.ie/images/1254465141.pdfhttp://www.roscommoncoco.ie/en/Services ... pecies.pdf
The condition of hedgerows ranges from species rich, intact hedgerows to remnants which contain few native species. Management is the key factor in determining their quality and management is urgently required to ensure their survival. Principal threats to hedgerows are building and road construction.
The real problem with septic tanks is not the regulations as they stand rather enforcement. We are great in this country for regulation but brutal on enforcement.
I have seen one off house owners who have basically run a pipe from the septic tank directly to the nearest stream/drainage ditch. In Connemara for example, most septic tanks are constructed on peat/peaty soil and in effect sewage flows from the septic tank to the stream without further treatment. http://www.wte-ltd.co.uk/septictank.htmlhttp://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ire ... 20005.html
In areas of the Burren SAC one off housing has been permitted adjacent low nutrient turloughs without proper consideration of the impacts.
In many areas there is insufficient drainage - I think the figure is about 40% of the island. The only remedy is the likes of constructed wetland systems.
The solutions will not be easy but improvements are needed.
If proper enforcement was implemented some limited one off housing should be allowed.