Listen to our HedgeTalks
Hedgetalks is a series of free webinars celebrating all that our hedgey friends do for us and the environment. We’ve gathered experts from all corners of the hedgerow world to share their wisdom on everything from planting to folklore to birdsongs. There’s something for everyone!
Grow a hedge from seed.
It might take a bit longer but it’s so satisfying! It’s easy with a bit of ‘know how’ to gather seeds in your local area and plant them to grow into baby trees that can later be transplanted to form a hedgerow – you only need a small space like a balcony or patio to get them started. See our brand-new Tree Growers Guide for help.
Plant a micro hedge
Most of our hedges are in the countryside, planted and looked after by farmers but anybody with a few metres along a fence or wall at home, in school grounds, work premises or community space can plant a carbon guzzling new hedge to make your own space green and beautiful and create a home for wildlife. Planting (with permission of the landowner, if it’s not you) a hedge made of mixed native species is brilliant for wildlife. Check out our planting guidance to help you get started. There are also grants for community spaces and schools to help fund new hedge planting.
Put down the clippers!
No need to put lots of work into keeping hedges clipped super neat and tight (unless needed for highway visibility or access safety). Hedges allowed to blossom and fruit by cutting less, often give maximum food for birds, insects and mammals. Just put your feet up and listen to the buzz of the bees instead of the buzz of the hedge clippers! See our top-10-tips for a healthy hedge here.
Give wildlife a feast
We’ve had a dry year, meaning berries and fruits for wildlife are likely to be sparse this autumn and winter. If you have berries, seeds, nuts or fruits lingering on your hedgerow or fallen at its base, resist the urge for an autumn tidy up. Ivy flowers and berries, brambles, hawthorn berries and crab apples will help keep the wildlife in your area alive until spring. If you need to do some trimming back, try to do it later near the end of winter. The same goes for those dead leaves – which can be especially important for hedgehogs and other wildlife to shelter, hibernate or keep warm over winter.
Support the 40 by 50 campaign
We need more hedgerows, and soon. That’s why CPRE have launched their #40by50 campaign, calling on ministers to commit to extending the hedgerow network by 40% by 2050, as recommended by the independent Climate Change Committee.
Show your support and sign the petition!
Pledge a hedge
If you can’t plant hedgerows yourself, let us do it for you by making a donation to The Tree Council’s ‘Pledge a Hedge’ campaign and help us champion hedgerows into the future.