Hi has anyone ever used or encountered a blackberry as barrier on a way ? Someone called it modern barbed wire and the cheapest. How to tag it ?

asked 08 Jul, 16:14

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I encounter them in my back garden all the time. And I call them the worst that climate change has brought to may plants. They have become a pest in the last years.

SCNR and sorry, I cannot be of help with your tagging question.

(08 Jul, 16:34) TZorn

I have encountered them. I would not map them as a barrier, just snip or chop back off the path. Someone I know suggested that they could almost be considered a carnivorous plant, sheep have been known to become so entangled they died and their remains then nourished the plant, so don't ware a sheep skin coat :-). They make excellent jam though, blackberries that is.

(08 Jul, 19:46) andy mackey

Technically thickets of brambles are a classic early stage of scrub formation. They may 'eat' sheep but they provide substantial protection for small saplings from sheep & other herbivores, thus helping scrub with bushes & small trees to develop.

This issue is extremely common on paths in Britain. I know at least one OSMer who carries secateurs to cut through such obstructions. Many brambles across paths will just be a hazard at this time of year (just as with big clumps of nettles) and may well be cut-back between now & next spring. If possible I would revisit the path in about 6 months time before deciding if this is a temporary or permanent barrier.

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answered 08 Jul, 22:33

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I think the traditional tool for clearing a path through bush is a machete, but the only time I've seen them in the UK is in news stories the mention phrases like "armed response unit".

(09 Jul, 02:08) InsertUser

Several of us in my local walking group carry secateurs. https://www.huntsramblers.org.uk/ A few snips will keep a path open. Once a fast growing shoot crosses the path it deters less hardy walkers, and without enough traffic it will become impassable and you'll need a work party to get the path open again. "a snip in time saves nine" :-)

(09 Jul, 07:00) andy mackey

Easy enough: barrier=hedge

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Hi all, thanks for thoughts over it. There are no rights of way in Holland. I made an extra tour just to ask around or what is going on, halve a day, since another bridge on the same route has been lifted. One of the isles changed in use and owner. It is private since a few years, that explains the temporarily fence behind the blackberry bush. There are 3 bridges involved and out of order. But no signs "private" at the paths, just large reedbeds to hide the damage. I once offered to bring a engine cutter to battle with blackberry to reach a overgrown garage and way but they found Fallopia japonica as well, a mechanical clean up is not the right way then. PS Yvecai, blackberry is not a hedge its an unwanted weed, sometimes.

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answered 12 Jul, 23:17

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I would just add a map note. see JPEG. Adding a barrier will stop the routers working and because of the lag between OSM data changes and map builds/downloads ( such as OSM on Garmin) and router downloads the barrier could stop the cleared path from being used for long after it has been cleared.

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answered 12 Jul, 10:40

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The map note will warn users of the path to come prepared and maybe highlight the problem to those that take care of path maintainance.

(12 Jul, 10:43) andy mackey

co-incidentally I had exactly this problem at New Year 2019, and I mapped the area as scrub https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=19/52.93068/-1.63446. The council rights-of-way officer subsequently informed me that she had cut through the obstruction. I had meant to check last year but didnt have time at our New Year footpath mapping meeting

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