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Image library | Hedgerow types

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Species-rich hedges

Single species hedges

This hedge contains mature hawhtorn bushges that were cut back to a height of 150 cm some 6 years before the photogrpah was takne, and not cut since, as part of research at Monks Woods, CambridgeshireShort beech hedge on stone-face bank, with gap, near Lyford, Dartmoor, DevonSpecies-rich hedge, Locks Park Farm, 2004, Rob Wolton

Gappy hedges

Hedge with gaps along its length, probably formed with repeated cutting at same height with flail mower for many yearsTall mature hedge which has developed gaps, Nigel AdamsHawthorn hedge with gap between ground and canopy caused by sheep grazing

Classic shrubby hedges

A field margin established adjacent to a hedge, Emily Ledder, Natural EnglandMature hedge with hedgerow trees, Nigel AdamsShrubby hedge with hedgerow tree and margin, Nigel AdamsSingle species hawthorn hedge in blossom, Nigel AdamsTrimmed hawthorn hedge, showing evidence of previous management by laying, Nigel Adams

Tall hedges

Hedge that has been allowed to develop into a line of trees (oak and ash) with rich shrubby base, west DevonDevon hedge that has developed into line of spindly oaks with no shrub layer reflecting lack of management for many years and grazing by livestock and deer, west Devon Species-rich Devon hedge that has been allowed to increase gradually in size over the years.  This hedge, at Ashridge Farm in mid-Devon, has been cut on a three year rotation for some 30 years.  It currently shows on year's worth of new growth.Tall hedge developing into lines of trees and showing signs of collapse, Nigel AdamsTall hedge, Nigel AdamsTall mature unmanaged hedge which has developed gaps, Emily Ledder, Natural England

Devon and Cornwall hedges

Cornish Hedge With ThriftStone-faced Cornish hedge (bank) without any shrubs except a little blakchtorn and gorse, at Port Isaac, north Cornwall coastStone-faced Cornish hedge (bank) without any shrubs except some gorse, at Port Isaac, north Cornwall coastOld, fenced, cornish hedge with flowering thrift and no woody shrubs near Crackington Haven, North Cornwall coastAncient Devon hedge with granite stone face on one side and sloping earth bank on other (Cornditch), with mature rowan trees on top, at Scorhill, DartmoorTypical Devon hedge, with massive bank, West Devon.  Note flowering gorse where the growth on the far side had not been cut the previous winter.Hedgerow Trees 1Stone-faced bank restored by Kevin Clarke using massive granite boulders, at Thorne Farm, near Moretonhampstead, DartmoorStone-faced bank restored by Kevin Clarke using massive granite boulders, at Thorne Farm, near Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor

Remnant or relict hedges

Mature ash stools in Devon hedge where the bank has been completely eroded away by stock and weather, near Northlew, west Devon. Horizontal branches reveal that hedge was once layed.A moribund blackthorn barely survives in a hedgerow that has been repeatedly cut at the same height for many years without any other management.  Note mop-headed growth form.Few surviving oaks in a Devon hedge where the bank has been completed eroded away, near Hatherleigh, Devon.  Horizontal branches reveal that hedge was once layed.

Green Lanes

Green lane bordered by mature hawhtorn and other trees at Monks Wood, CambridgeshireOld green lane with windswept ash and flowering balckthorn at Hartland, north Devon coast.

Using the library

You may use the photographs in the hedgelink photo library freely, but please acknowledge hedgelink and the photographer. If no photographer is specified, please email Robert Wolton

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Further resources

Hedgerow Survey Toolkit

This toolkit was developed to support a major hedgerow survey of the Princethorpe Living Landscape Zone in east Warwickshire in the 2012-2013 period, which was being carried out by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust with funding from SITA Trust. The toolkit is designed to assist hedgerow surveys undertaken anywhere in the UK and images have been carefully selected to show the sorts of hedgerow features and hedgerow plants you are most likely to encounter. It can be used in conjunction with the Defra Hedgerow Survey Handbook Hedgerow Survey Handbook.

View the toolkit on Flickr

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