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The Natural Capital of Hedges: Briefing note

Abstract

Appropriately managed hedgerows and their associated trees, banks, ditches and margins provide a wide range of valuable services which benefit peopleas well as wildlife. Theyinclude regulating services such as pest control and flood control, cultural services such as landscape aesthetics and historical heritage, and provisioning services such as firewood and food, as well asbiodiversity. This briefing summarises the ecosystem services, or public goods, delivered by hedges. Important facts are given, and where possible services quantified. The key evidence base is also presented.

Author(s): Wolton, R

Year: 2018

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