Donate Online Oxfordshire Hedgerow Heroes Project

Wild Oxfordshire provides the help and advice to enable our communities to take action to make the vision of a living, connected landscape possible.

Our hedgerow work this year, kindly funded through CPRE Oxfordshire, has been hugely encouraging, showing us that there is great enthusiasm from local communities to create, restore and manage Oxfordshire’s hedgerows! 

All that a healthy hedgerow provides

Please see Hedgerow related resources and materials below


“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

Project Vision

 40% increase in hedgerow cover by 2050!

National CPRE is calling for Government commitment to increase hedgerow cover by 40% by 2050

What this means for Oxfordshire:

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 may sound ambitious. However, equally distributed across the county (there are 235 parishes in Oxon), meaning…

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.

Our Project Partners

Wild Oxfordshire & CPRE Oxfordshire are delighted to be working with

Volunteers hedge planting, Watlington with guidance from Roselle Chapman and Nigel Adams (Nicola Schaffer)

Watch Our Webinar Series Again

Surveying Hedgerows - Why and How

Megan Gimber

(Peoples’ Trust for Endangered Species)

Hedgerows - Reservoirs of Life

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Rob Wolton

(Devon Hedge Group)

Hedgerows - laws, Rules & Regulations

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Emma Marrington


Hedgerow Films

The Watlington Hedgerow Project is a fantastic example of community action to survey, rejuvenate and extend their surrounding hedgerow network.

Introducing Watlington Hedgerow Project

A short film on the Watlington Hedgerow Project, featuring international Hedgerow Expert Nigel Adams. Find out more about the project here:

More resources below

How to Survey a Hedge

This is a video of some of the training given to volunteers in preparation for conducting a survey of the hedges in the Parish. The PTES (People’s Trust for Endangered Species) methodology is being used for this survey.

How to Lay a Hedge

Filmed with Hedge laying expert, Nigel Adams. 

What is in a Hedge?

Hedges are vitally important for wildlife and storing carbon, but most of the time we don’t take much notice of what makes up a hedge. So we take a closer look…

These films were produced by Nicola Schafer photography 

Planting a Hedge? Take a look at our species advice graphics

How to Survey Hedgerows

How to survey the condition of a hedgerow using:

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

How to survey a hedge (film)

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;

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 newhedge (doc)

How to plants a new hedge (film)

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): 


In short

In long – the actual legislation

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