What is a traditional hedgerow ?
Natural hedgerows are a long lasting, wildlife friendly and sustainable alternative to garden fencing. Hedges also offer better Security than most fencing. Try climbing over or through Blackthorn, thieves won't. Native hedges are green, Eco friendly and a sustainable way of marking your garden and property boundary and makes an excellent habitat for butterflies and moths.
Traditional hedgerows contain several different species like Hawthorn, Blackthorn and Dog rose and are back in fashion as secure and attractive alternatives to panel fencing around our
How to Select native British Hedging Plants. When buying the hedging plants, try to get as close to the Native British hedgerow mix as possible to get colour, berries and security. The old farmers hedges you see dividing fields and roadside, traditionally included a mix of Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Crab apple, Guelder rose, Dog rose, Wild privet, Honey suckle, Hazel, Field maple and Holly. Making a secure and attractive hedge.
The correct percentage mix of hedging plants for a traditional hedge is; Blackthorn/Hawthorn 50%, Hazel/Field maple/Holly 35%. Crab apple/Guilder rose/Dog rose/wild Privet/Honey suckle 15%.
In a large garden
you could include Ash,
English oak and Sessile oak. trees
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Few things have helped create the look of the English countryside more than the hedgerows you can see from your car window whilst driving on the motorway.
Hedges have been used as field boundaries in Britain since the times of the Romans. The Anglo-Saxons also used hedgerows extensively, and many that were used as great estate boundaries still exist. Mainly hedges were used as field enclosures or to mark the boundaries of people's property, as they are today.
The farm field hedges you can see from your car window were a reaction to pressures of population expansion. Leading to a widespread clearing of land for agriculture, and the new fields needed to be marked clearly.
Not much has changed. However, these days the need to supply cheap food to feed the continuing world population explosion means less hedges and bigger open fields.
Big business and factory farmers are the main culprits. Pulling up and destroying the hedgerows that divided our British countryside into the attractive patchwork of greens, browns and gold. Creating instead, the massive fields with swathes of yellow Rape seed. The same yellow stuff we see growing wild along motorway banks and verges unfortunately replacing our native wildflowers.
Lucrative E.U. subsidies are not paid to grow traditional British hedgerows or wildflowers! Instead, very lucrative EU subsidies are paid to landowners and factory farmers who rip up our traditional hedges and grow Rape seed.
To get the absolute maximum crop followed by the euro in the bank. Factory farmers plough right up to the base of the hedgerow to create the maximum growing area possible. Then, use herbicides, pesticides and fertilisers on the fields of Rape seed, causing damage to the remaining hedges. The hedge dies of or becomes to weak to act as a boundary and is then replaced with wooden or wire fences. Or removed to create even larger fields of rapeseed.