Was woken up the other day by this unbelievably loud machine. Went outside to see what was going on, and was thrilled to see it was the local council (Gemeinde) shredding scheme - called a "Häckselaktion" here in Germany.
I've been pruning a few weeks now - a posh term for hacking bits off me bushes - and I'd accumulated a huge pile of branches which took up vast amounts of space. Rather than take them to the composty place I decided to put my name down for this scheme. You get fifteen minutes for free and they do around 4 cubic metres, which is around what I had.
So along comes this enormous truck with a huge attachment on the back, and shreds it all up into a cubic metre of lovely mulch. All done in a jiffy.
The shredded stuff will be the basis of a new veg bed I'm planning, on top of which will go rotted horse plop then soil, to build a variant of "Hugelkultur". On that will be an attempt at a polyculture bed.
Do such schemes exist elsewhere? They're brilliant!