National Hedgerow Week may be over for this year, but there’s still plenty of ways to take action for your local hedgerows
The inaugural National Hedgerow Week sparked a UK-wide conversation about (and with!) these quietly remarkable features of our urban and rural landscapes.
People, communities and businesses got involved in National Hedgerow Week in lots of different ways: you signed up to receive our Talk to the Hedge guide to chatting with your local hedgerows. Over 1,000 people and counting have enjoyed our series of free HedgeTalks, which invited a diverse cast of hedge enthusiasts to discuss the art, science and cultural value of hedgerows. You can watch all of our HedgeTalk recordings in your own time on the National Hedgerow Week website. You shared photos of yourself out enjoying your local hedges using #TalkToTheHedge, and sparked a hedgy conversation online that reached a potential 3 million timelines. And we’re grateful to BBC Gardener’s Question Time, the Times, My Green Pod and many more for helping to spread the word about the campaign.
Let’s keep the conversation going
But the campaign doesn’t stop here. Our hedgerows are still at risk. Fortunately, there’s plenty more you can do to ensure our unsung hedge heroes get the attention they deserve.
What you can do next to champion hedgerows
- Watch our suite of free HedgeTalks at a time which suits you
During National Hedgerow Week, we held a series of free webinars spreading the word about all that our unsung hedgerow heroes do for us and the environment. Some of the brightest minds in the world of hedges to speak about everything from insects to hedgelaying, birdsongs to hedge books. Browse the recordings and find one that interests you here.
- Learn more about planting and managing hedges
Start here for advice and tips on planting and caring for a thriving, wildlife-friendly hedgerow
- Take a hedge walk
Take a hedge walk around your local area – notice your local hedges. How many are there? Do they look healthy? Are they big and bustling or are they very trim and tidy? Are there any bare places where a hedge could brighten up a road side or railing?
- Write to your local council
If there ARE places where a hedge could brighten up a road side or railing – why not get in touch with your local authority? Responsibility for roadsides or public space will vary depending upon where you live. There is a draft letter you can adapt here.
- Pledge a Hedge
Donate to The Tree Council and we’ll plant hedgerows for you. A gift of £15 will allow us to plant 1 metre of fantastic hedgerow
This year’s National Hedgerow Week will take place between 17 – 25 September.