Despite having the largest population of ancient and veteran trees in northern Europe, changes in UK land use since the middle of the 20th Century have seen this number reduce, alongside decline in the hedgerow network. This pilot will consider how the farmed landscape could be enhanced to complement its current or future use.
It will assess different approaches, including widening hedgerows to improve wildlife corridors and habitat connectivity, and enriching existing hedgerows by planting or protecting maiden trees. It will also explore opportunities to develop or restore historic wood pastures and parklands, through the establishment of new in-field trees.
This pilot is led by Cornwall County Council.