~ 162. Bushes and Hedges ~
A man inherited the estate of a distant relative. He had lived in the city all his life, so country life was new to him. He was delighted by the vineyard, but he saw no purpose for the bushes and hedges.
"These plants grow no grapes," he complained. "I'll tear them down!"
But after he tore down all the bushes and hedges, all manner of people came tramping through the vineyard, as did all manner of wild beasts.
As a result, the vineyard was ruined and the man realized his mistake, but it was too late to save the grapes.
Inspired by: Fables of Aesop and Other Eminent Mythologists by Roger L'Estrange, 449.
Notes: This fable is not part of the classical Aesop tradition; find out more here.