Donate Online Oxfordshire Hedgerow Heroes Project

Wild Oxfordshire & CPRE Oxfordshire are delighted to be working with Kidlington Parish Council, Watlington Climate Action Group, Eynsham and surrounding parishes Nature Recovery Network, the Wychwood Forest Trust and other local hedgerow heroes to, not only plant new hedgerows, but rejuvenate exhausted ones. National CPRE is calling for Government commitment to increase hedgerow cover by 40% by 2050. The 1997 – 1999 CPRE Oxfordshire Hedgerow Survey concluded that there was approximately 7,820 km of hedgerow in Oxfordshire.  For Oxfordshire, a 40% increase would see an additional 3,128km by 2050 – or 108km a year, which sounds ambitious. However, equally distributed across the county (there are 235 parishes in Oxon), it’s only about 0.5km per parish per year, for the next 30 years! We won’t be delivering 3,138km, but it’s a start and we are hoping to create an inspiring and helpful community project template to encourage others to take action for hedgerows on their patch. Thanks to a generous funder, five county CPRE groups are embarking on a volunteer-led project to plant and restore of over 15km of hedgerow and boost public engagement in local landscapes.

“Before the advent of the flail hedge trimmer (only 50 years ago), hedges were cut and laid in a circa 10-year cycle, so only 10% were cut in any one year. There were also more hedges – and the remaining 90% of uncut hedges would have been of varying growth stages. Hedgerows were the countryside’s larder – pink and white with blossom in the spring, and red with fruit in the autumn. Every living creature had a corridor linking to the diverse farmland around.”  Rob Crocker, Oxfordshire Farmer

Hedgerows in the news: Plantwatch: a climate solution is hidden in the hedgerows & Reservoirs of life’: how hedgerows can help the UK reach net zero in 2050

How to Survey Hedgerows

How to survey the condition of a hedgerow using:

The People’s Trust for Endangered Species Great British Hedgerow Survey

Healthy Hedgerows App. To download the app for free, visit the Apple Store or Google Play and search for Healthy Hedgerows.

DEFRA Hedgerow Survey Handbook

Hedgerow Species Identification

Local Hedgerow Suppliers & Trusted Contractors

Murray MacLean, 01865 391242; murraycollinsfarm@gmail.com

Nicholsons Nurseries Ltd

Find a hedgelaying contractor near you

AJ Hawes & Family

Planting New Hedgerows

Funding: Woodland Trust can subsidise up to 75% of new hedging.

How to plant a new hedge

Species to plant:

Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna)

Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa)

Guelder rose (Viburnum opulus)

Spindle (Euonymus europaea)

Crab apple (Malus sylvestris)

Holly (Ilex europaeus)

Hazel (Coryllus avellana)

Field maple (Acer campestre)

Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

Hedgerows & the Law

The Hedgerow Regulations were introduced in 1997 to help protect hedgerows. New rules regarding management of hedgerows came into force in 2015 (under cross compliance): 

FAQs

In short

In long – the actual legislation

The Watlington Hedgerow Project is a fantastic example of community action to survey, rejuvenate and extend their surrounding hedgerow network. Watch their short film to find out about what they are doing and why.
Oxfordshire’s very own Rob Crocker talks (and sings) to
Eynsham’s Local Nature Recovery Network about the glory of hedges
Download the Exploring Hedgerows game & see which of our most familiar & much loved species live within them. Then colour in & learn about the hedgerow Food Pyramid.

We would like to acknowledge and thank CPRE & CPRE Oxfordshire for their generosity in supporting this project & their historic and ongoing defence of Oxfordshire’s hedgerows and countryside.

Thank you for your generosity in funding this work