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Hedgerow planting


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Hedges can be planted in single or double rows. The hedgerow trees are usually planted about 50 cm apart. Once planted, the hedge is trimmed. For the first two/three years at least half of the new growth is removed. Once the hedge is established, it is trimed every third year - but never during the nesting season (1 March to 1 September) as it is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to intentionally destroy a nest in use. The young plants can be protected by shelters. The hedge can have just one or several species of plant. Typical species include: Hawthorn (cratageus monogyna); Spindle (euonymous europaeus); Dog Rose (rosa canina); Blackthorn (prunos spinosa); Wayfaring Tree (viburnmum lantana)
Field Rose (rosa arvensis) and Hazel (coryllus avellana). Pictured near Old Warden, Bedfordshire - December 2005

3rd Jan 2006 by Diane Earl

Biology, Geography, Science

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