Hedging Project

Hedgerows are the U.K.’s largest priority habitat and are home to 80% of our woodland birds. Yet we’ve lost 50% of our hedgerows since World War II and around 60% of the hedgerows we still have aren’t in good condition. Healthy hedgerows are essential habitats for UK biodiversity, supporting over 2000 species.

Our perimeter fence 2018

Hedgerows are a priority habitat for 12 of the U.K.’s most threatened bird species, Tree sparrows, bullfinch, Song Thrush,  Spotted Flycatcher and Yellow Hammer. Hedgerows also support up to 30% of our butterflies, not to mention endangered mammals such as as hedgehogs and dormice.

When we purchased our Ground in 2015, one of the first jobs that we carried out was to plant a hedge along the north eastern and south eastern boundaries. The hedge was of mixed native species, such as Hawthorn, Blackthorne and Guilder Rose. It was interspaced with larger trees such as Crabapple and Oak and has developed into a wildlife haven for pollinators, birds and mammals.

Our perimeter hedge 2022

We have also planted numerous types of Willow, Oak and Elder in the woodland area and along the stream bank.

The next phase is to plant native hedging along both sides of the track behind the field course this will hopefully develop into wildlife corridor helping birds, mammals and insects to move through the wider landscape. As the hedging matures we hope to be able to lay big sections to maintain the health of the hedging. 

2023 now looking like a hedge!