Rejuvenation of Hedgerows
Why rejuvenate hedges? Less than half of UK hedges are in good condition (with few vertical gaps, a minimum height of 1m and width of 1.5m) partly due to over-frequent trimming with mechanised flails. Traditional rejuvenation methods such as hedge-laying and coppicing reduce gaps and stimulate growth from the base of hedgerows. Wildlife such as perennial plants, small mammals, farmland birds and some invertebrates benefit from dense hedges with few gaps. We developed and tested cheaper, modern alternative rejuvenation methods and traditional methods on five farms across southern England.
Author(s): Centre for Ecology and Hydrology