Life on the Hedge

A cracking turn-out with Marcus, Reece, Aaron, Kerrie and myself armed and ready to tackle our hedge challenge. Supplies were plentiful with gingerbread men, fudge and coffee on offer throughout the morning. I don’t think we quite got to the bottom of whether gingerbread ‘men’ is politically correct in this day and age, but much banter surrounded the little people.

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We cautiously selected poor and struggling specimens, as we slowly removed the knotted mess that the unmanaged growth had given us.

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We still have plenty of trees in the hedgerow and maybe a few more need to become part of the hedge. This will allow the remaining trees to really flourish.

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My one concern is that the hedge becomes a bit top-heavy. It might be worth trying to lay a couple of the younger trees to fill in space at the bottom. I will google advice.

But we are where we are, and we have the start of a living hedge. It is a good enough length to allow us to learn how to manage it and encourage horizontal growth, rather than vertical.

On the other side, we created a stacked dead-hedge.

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After spending time watching Warwickshire Wildlife Trust coppice and dead-hedge earlier this week, I can see that our dead-hedging is way off the standard. Hopefully, ours will drop a bit and become a bit denser.

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However, it is a lot better than what we started with.

We can encourage the already present holly to grow into our hedge and dare I say that there are a fair number of blackthorn and other whips that we could transplant into it.

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Well, that’s about it for this week. A nice area to seed with lady’s bedstraw and hedge bedstraw. It will become a lovely spot to watch our hedgerows develop and become populated with wildlife.

The rectangle picnic benches have been moved, so my OCD has calmed down a bit and I feel all is well with our general progress.

We are at bench 2 on Monday next week, clearing scrub and preparing the ground for seeding.

Lovely day, great company and great work.

Paul

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Just trying to create a slice of wildlife and a place for people to chill out and meet new friends in this crazy world that we live in.
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