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What have hedgerows ever done for us? (And what we can do for them in return) – 2 February 2022

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You are invited to join us for an online discussion about hedgerows; why they are so valuable to wildlife, to the environment and to our farming, and what we can be doing to ensure they thrive in the future.

Hedges are a man-made man-managed habitat and it’s thanks to centuries of farming that we have the wonderful network of hedges that we see today. The reason we still have so many ancient hedges is thanks to an unbroken chain of care, management, and periodic rejuvenation. But they’ll only survive with similar care and consideration going forward

·       What’s so good about hedges anyway?

·       What makes a good hedge?

·       How does management affect hedge health?

·       How healthy are our hedges? (What do we already know?)

·       Surveying – how does it work? How will it help?

Finally, we will introduce the Healthy Hedgerows app, which is a free tool available to help make decisions about hedge management at the farm scale.*

We are in a biodiversity and a climate change crisis. With a few changes to the way we manage them, hedgerows can offer a real opportunity on both fronts. 

*This project is funded by the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund. The fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency.