A carefully chosen hedgerow can be much more than a barrier to screen your plot, it can also provide ideal habitats for wildlife. Traditional British hedges contain a range of shrubby species, each of which offers specific benefits to wildlife, and a range of visual attractions from spring blossoms to autumn colours and berries. You can estimate the age of an established hedgerow by counting the number of plant species present in random 30-yard lengths – each species occuring in your sample represents roughly 100 years of age. So, the more species you find, the older the hedge is likely to be.

The hawthorn is one of England’s most common hedging shrubs and can be found all over the UK. But did you know that it attracts more than 200…



Source by Ellie Dixon