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National Hedgerow Week

National Hedgerow Week2024-04-26T08:05:16+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 2024: Connectivity

Hedgerows are amazing, and they are even more amazing when connected with other hedgerows! Our British landscape is shaped by thousands of miles of hedge; providing wildlife with a sheltered and bountiful highway network; protecting agriculture, whether livestock or crops; creating living boundaries in our towns and cities; and bringing greenery, capturing carbon, and delivering more than a little beauty to our rail lines and roadsides.

Hedgerow Trees

This year, we are also thinking about the mighty hedgerow tree – our research suggests the population is getting older, while the spectre of ash dieback looms large. But they are another crucial part of our landscape heritage; so next time you think hedgerow, think hedgerow tree as well!

Free Online Hedge Talks

Joining the Dots: A Future for our Hedgerow Trees

My Hedge and Me: Frontline Perspectives on Hedgerow Management

United for Hedge Health: Spotlight on Hawthorn and Box

Find #MyFaveHedge and tell everyone!

Found a favourite hedge? It could be a magnificent, ancient, perfectly laid, tall, long and broad rural specimen or that cherished hedge that brightens up the car park at the nearby shops. Give it some love! Take a pic and post on your socials, using #MyFaveHedge. We’ll share the best!

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.

How to Spot a Hedge Resources

Bring hedgerow joy to little ones

We’ve developed a new resource to help children and families discover the magic of hedgerows. Visit your local library to pick up our interactive pamphlet and check out some hedgey books!

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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