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National Hedgerow Week

National Hedgerow Week2024-04-18T09:21:54+00:00

6 – 12 May 2024

Hedgerows need our help

Hedgerows are the often-unsung heroes of the British countryside, yet they form the UK’s largest wildlife habitat, are a major part of our landscape and cultural heritage, and are crucial to halting biodiversity decline and tackling climate change.

National Hedgerow Week 2023: Healthy Hedgerows

Last year’s National Hedgerow Week was all about promoting healthy hedgerows. Well managed hedgerows provides everything wildlife needs to thrive from a thick nesting place to a diverse food source for mammals and insects.

A healthy hedge also means healthy people as they protect us against pollution and improve the looks and feel of our towns and cities bosting our moods and encouraging more healthy ways to travel such as walking and cycling.

“Britain’s hedgerows stretch over 700,000km – but in the last 75 years the UK has lost 50% of its hedgerows. Our relationship with hedgerows needs to change urgently as we face up to the dual biodiversity and climate crises in the coming years.”

– Sara Lom, The Tree Council CEO

Visit the Hedgelink website

If you’d like to know more about National Hedgerow Week, then check out Hedgelink. Hedgelink brings together organisations and individuals with a love of hedgerows. We share knowledge and ideas to encourage and inspire everyone to take action to manage, protect and conserve our hedgerows for the future.

Life on the Hedge Podcast

In each episode, we head outside to show you what it’s like to plant trees, cultivate native species, lay hedges, work with farmers and volunteers and discover the wildlife that depends upon our hedges. You’ll get the inside scoop on how they got started in their roles and we’ve got loads of handy links and resources available to help you start out on your own journey.

Life On The Hedge: Episode 1

Episode 1: Giving wildlife a helping hand

In the first episode of this series, we find out how hedgerows are helping farmers protect an abundance of wildlife, from birds to bumble bees, butterflies and fungi, in Herefordshire.

Life On The Hedge Podcast: Episode2

Episode 2: Growing a greener future

In this episode, horticulture trainee Paula Ilut tells us why she’s passionate about preserving our future landscapes with tree planting.

Life On The Hedge Episode 3

Episode 3: Secrets of the city

You might be surprised just about how biodiverse our urban environments can be. But hedgerows can play a huge part in keeping our towns and cities bursting with wildlife, whilst helping our physical and mental health too.

Life On The Hedge: Episode 4

Episode 4: How to build a landscape

In this episode we meet Sasha Georgiades, a trainee with the Devon Rural Skills Trust. She’s spent the last four years learning how to become a hedgelayer and invites us to work with her in Ipplepen, near Newton Abbot.

Life On The Hedge: Episode 5

Episode 5: Cultural cultivation

Today we’re off to Penpont in the Brecon Beacons as 30 young volunteers and future conservationists undertake a mission to plant 3,000 trees in a day, restoring a degraded hedgerow.

Life On The Hedge Podcast: Episode 6

Episode 6: Creating and protecting our future forests

In the final episode of our series we head to Glentress Forest, just south of Edinburgh, to meet Emma Bryden, a member of Scotland’s Young People’s Forest Project.

Hedgerow resources

You can download the latest resources, tips and guidance to support you throughout National Hedgerow Week…

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