As regular readers may know, I have no great opinion of Government, either local or national, but during the saga of the Early Purple Orchids of Fairy Cross, those in authority could not have been nicer.
We met a very nice chap called Stephen this afternoon onsite, and in the course of a meeting that lasted well under five minutes, he agreed that the orchids should be protected, and has agreed that the grass should not be mown to give the flowers a chance to seed, and has devolved responsibility for maintaining the small headland upon which there is now a colony of ten or more flower spikes to the CFZ. If only the functionaries of Central Government were as sensible, reasonable and downright nice to deal with.
BTW, on the picture he can be seen (just about) on the right hand side, but we did not have permission to photograph him. We took pics in which he could be identified, in full expectation of having to mount a campaign of ridicule against the decision-makers, but as we have explained, we could not have been more wrong.
It is nice that a conservation story has a happy ending for a change.