Hedges are amazing features of our rural and urban landscapes. They provide a huge number of benefits not only to humans but also to wildlife.

Their benefits include providing shelter, foraging and commuting routes for a wide range of wildlife species, such as birds, amphibians, bats and invertebrates, capturing carbon and filtering pollutants, providing privacy in our gardens, the list goes on.

As tree and hedge champions in the local community, Tree Wardens are well placed to promote the importance of hedges in our towns, cities and countryside. This module aims to give you and your Tree Wardens a good, detailed understanding of why hedges are important, and what you can do to protect them.

Introduction to hedges


Here you can access the Learning Guide, PowerPoint and Speaker Notes for this module, as well as guidance on using Teams or Zoom for a training session.

Please note:

While the learning guides are designed for distribution to volunteer tree wardens, the powerpoint presentations and speaker notes must not be shared more widely. These materials are for tree warden coordinators and volunteer training facilitators only. You should also be mindful of the materials’ copyright information.

Please send any comments and feedback to If you share the materials with any Training Facilitators, please ask them to include details of which network they are linked to when emailing us.