Native Hedge Planting Nationwide
Hedgerows are vital for wildlife, linking habitats as corridors for animal, insect and seed dispersal, while providing essential shelter and wind breaks for crops and animals, and a larder for people and wildlife alike.
Green Man Conservation hedge planting considers a diverse structure, and contains a range of tree and shrub species. We aim for unique species composition, dependant on location within the landscape, its size, shape and relationship to neighbouring natural habitats.
As with Woodland Planting, we offer no obligation quotations and site specific hedge planting plans, our prices are fixed to you in all cases, and densities and specific protection are all variable to control costs. Contact us to arrange a visit.
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Green Man Conservation Hedgerow Planting - Above Left; A Selective Herbicide Applied Weeks Before The Plant Suppresses Weeds And Demarks The Intended Hedge - Above Right; Photodegradable Mulch Matting Suppresses Invasive Weeds And Retains Moisture And Nutrient For Young Plants - Below Left; Canes And Shelters Are Added To Protect From Wind Damage And Predation From Low Level Grazers Such As Rabbits - Below Right; The Finished Hedgerow Stretching Into The Distance - Green Man Conservation Hedge Planting
Our hedge planting service is available from October to April, but it is prudent to plan the planting throughout the spring and summer as preparation may take a few weeks, and our nurseries and planting teams will then be able to prioritise and schedule accordingly.
From your initial enquiry Green Man Conservation offer a no obligation site survey to assess the site and gain an understanding of your unique targets and desired outcomes. We then consider the soil type, texture, wetness, climate and existing surrounding hedge and woodland species to compile a quotation comprising the proposed density of trees, their species, and any further protection from deer or rabbits that may be required, along with staking and weed control options to suit you and the site.
Green Man Conservation hedge planting standards strictly adhere to the Forestry Commission guidelines as a minimum, and are up to date with new regulations as they are published.
Green Man Conservation Hedge Planting and Maintenance
Since they were first recorded, some 1500 years ago, hedgerows as man-made boundary delineations have become an integral and iconic part of the rural British countryside.
It is a tragic fact that since the Second World War, agricultural policy, focusing more and more on intensification of high-yield food production has resulted in the loss of approximately 118,000 miles of hedgerows in the subsequent consolidation of land.
Green Man Conservation Hedgerow Planting Rates
We offer two types of hedgerow planting.
The first method provides competitive hedge planting rates within the industry. The Forestry Commission guidelines for creating hedgerows are adhered to as a standard and therefore quality is in no way compromised. Our aim is to provide high quality results efficiently and in full cooperation with our clients, and quality hedgerow cover with standard native species for swift results. The species mix, weed-suppressant type and shelter-protection are fixed as a standard, with the only variable being the option for single or double-row planting.
Method 1 can however be considered stand alone, or in conjunction with any of the options detailed in Method 2 below.
The Forestry Commission guidelines are there to ensure a minimum best practice. Our second method considers of a bespoke approach whereby if the hedgerow is to be created largely for amenity and habitat creation with patronage in mind, full consideration of the following is made;
Some or all of these factors can be considered at the planning stage, and the effect on cost is transparent to clients as it is submitted alongside our standard hedge planting rates.
Close inspection of the newly planted hedge in the subsequent years following hedge planting and the gapping up of any failed specimens is recommended to maintain consistency and the aesthetic, as is the removal of protective shelters 5 to 8 years after hedge planting, to prevent the ‘choking’ of the hedge-tree stems as they out-grow their guards. It may also be necessary to perform periodic maintenance to the mulching/weed suppressant to minimise competition for moisture and nutriment by invasive weed species.
Green Man Conservation Hedge Planting - Above Left; Classic British Native And Semi-Naturalised Species Mix Of Hedging Plants Includes Amongst Hawthorn, Hazel, Blackthorn, Oak, Ash, Dog-Rose, Field-Maple, Spindle And Common Dogwood - Above Right; The Inclusion Of An Old Coppice Hazel In The New Hedgerow Will Help Push Up The Other Plants And Provide Instant Cover Next Spring - Below Centre; Hedgerow Linking Ancient Woodland Sites Provides Invaluable Habitat Corridors For Birds, Mammals, Invertebrate Life And Many Of Their Respective Predators - Green Man Conservation Hedgerow Planting
Hedgerows form important wildlife habitats in their own right. They are known to be the primary habitat for at least 47 species of conservation concern in the UK, including 13 which are globally threatened or rapidly declining. Their importance is particularly paramount for butterflies, moths, many species of birds, bats and dormice, many of which are included within the UK Biodiversity Action Plan as well as being specifically protected under UK and EU law due to concerns over dwindling numbers. Hedgerows act as comparatively safe means of traversing open spaces for a wide range of small mammalian and bird life that would otherwise have to run the gauntlet of predation from above when moving between habitats, food sources, mating-grounds etc. They are also favourite sites for an array of nesting birds, providing readily available sources of food, shelter and protection.
Where hedgerows are themselves ancient or are remnants of ancient woodland, they act as a refuge for woodland plants and even ancient trees, which themselves play host to an important array of species.
Not Just For The Aesthetic
Although beautiful, the hedgerow also provides very practical benefits to both homeowner and agricultural land-owner. Despite modern farming innovation hedgerows continue to play an invaluable role in the areas of pest suppression and crop protection by offering effective wind-breaks to prone crops and providing habitat to species that predate upon a range of potentially devastating crop pests, whilst the householder may benefit from a hedge as privacy screen, wind-break, shield from road noise and an enthralling and vibrant wildlife habitat.
As with Woodland Planting, we offer no obligation quotations and site specific hedge planting plans, our prices to you are fixed in all cases, and densities and specific protection are all variable to control costs. Contact us to arrange a visit.
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