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Project by: The Tree Council

Close the Gap – hedgerow planting, restoration and awareness project

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Close the Gap was a year long partnership project to help achieve bigger, healthier, and better-connected hedgerows and raise public awareness of the benefits of hedgerows for us and our planet!

The main outcomes were as follows:

  • Successfully launched a yearly initiative, National Hedgerow Week
  • Planted over 53km of new and restored hedgerow in urban and rural areas, working closely with farmers and community groups
  • Developed and launched the Healthy Hedgerows Survey App
  • Redesigned the Hedgelink website, incorporating the ‘Hedge Hub‘ resource database
  • Established 400 community tree nurseries though ‘Copse in a Box’ start up kits 
  • Trained 10 new horticulture trainees with Moor Trees at their nurseries in Devon
  • Delivered a ‘Discovery Day’ at the Olympic Park for 200+ apprentices in the land based sector

The project partners included The Tree Council, Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group, People’s Trust for Endangered Species, Moor Trees, University of Reading, The Royal Parks Guild and Hedgelink. This project was funded by the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund, which was delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency.

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