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The Natural Capital of Hedges: Briefing note


The ecosystem services provided by hedges


Appropriately managed hedgerows and their associated trees, banks, ditches and margins provide a wide range of valuable services which benefit people as well as wildlife. They include 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 as biodiversity. 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): R.Wolton

Publisher: Hedgelink UK

Platform: Devon Hedges

Not linked to qualification
Informational learning

Suitable for:

not suitable for Children, schools, families
not suitable for General public, gardeners, ramblers, armchair-enthusiasts etc
suitable for Professional interest in hedge management or surveying