Hedge with Hornbeam and Crab Apples
perform two important roles on the Green. For us humans
they define the boundaries of the Green but for birds
and small mammals they link the various habitats of
the Green together - a sort of network of "motorways".
habitat itself is of considerable value to these small
creatures around the edges of, the otherwise open, areas
of the site.
southern boundary hedge appears to be of considerable
age and may well derive from ancient woodland. It contains
some old hornbeam stools and a very old oak as well as
plant species indicative of ancient woodlands, such as
Unfortunately, in many areas of the southern boundary
large gaps have appeared that, over the years, have
been infilled with a multi-strand barbed wire fence.
As part of our management plan we have started a rolling
program to reestablish a boundary hedge. This will involve
some replanting, pollarding and thinning out of trees.
The work will be carried out in a number of phases over
the winter period when the trees are dormant. Initially
the undergrowth has been cut back in one half of the
area to expose the surviving hedge-line. A post and
strained wire fence has been erected in this area and
the first 800 hedging saplings planted. For the first
few years the undergrowth in this area will be cut back
to allow the saplings to become established. A programme
of selective pruning and pollarding will also commence
to ensure that the new hedge blends into the remnants
of the old.
are now being drawn up to renovate the second half of
the hedge in a similar way. The timing of this phase
will depend on suitable funding being available
this period some parts of the area will appear rather
"thin" as the new plantings seek to become
established however, the long term benefits will be
a sympathetic habitat of benefit to both wildlife and
picture on the left shows the first phase post and strained
wire fence just prior to planting the saplings.