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The benefits of Hedgerows

Hedgerows and hedges are an important feature in the British landscape and have been around for centuries, planted to divide the land into different fields and pens; marking the boundaries of farms and parishes and controlling livestock. Nowadays, hedges offer food and shelter for wildlife, provide historical and cultural links to the past and still act as boundaries and screens. However, recently they have become under threat from removal and poor management.

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Hedging plants are important for both humans and wildlife. In terms of humans, hedgerows support the healthy functioning of the ecosystems around us by regulating things such as air quality, water purification and pollination. Hedgerows, like all plants and trees, help to manage air quality through the production of oxygen and removal of harmful gases. This is especially important in urban areas where more pollutant gases are released into the atmosphere. Hedges that act as a barrier between farms and fields, not only help to control livestock, but can reduce the amount of pesticides, fertilisers and eroded soils from the fields reaching water streams. When planted densely, hedgerows can also lessen the impacts of flooding by increasing infiltration rates and slowing water flows.

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British w4439196300_83c7e616e7_zildlife benefits hugely from hedgerows, and with an estimated 73 million hedges and park trees across our landscape, it’s no surprise that they are the most widespread semi-natural habitat in the UK, providing food and shelter for a large variety of different invertebrates, birds and mammals. The loss of hedgerow trees, and lack of future management and replacement, may lead to a decline in certain wildlife if they cannot find flowers, berries and nuts to feed on or habitats to live in. As well as shelter and food, hedges also provide corridors for certain wildlife, su12672946815_b7df8b8cd2_zch as hedgehogs and mice, to safely move through landscapes from one habitat to another.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Woodland Trust is currently working to implement schemes and solutions to stop the decline in hedgerows and manage future growth more sustainably. Without this, there is the possibility of Britain losing a large part of its history and culture, and a huge number of wildlife losing both their homes and food supply.

Sea Buckthorn – Nature’s Most Balanced Fruit

Sea Buckthorn berries have long been used in India for their many health benefits and are most commonly used in herbal teas. A powerful antioxidant, Sea Buckthorn is known as Nature’s most balanced fruit. Bursting with a wide variety of vitamins and minerals such as, vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D, K, P and omeaga 3, 6, 7 and 9.

Now, Sea Buckthorn is making its way in to some of the most adventurous chef’s kitchens and becoming a very popular alternative in household recipes.

Use Sea Buckthorn berries instead of more traditional fruits in your favourite recipes.

Use Sea Buckthorn berries instead of more traditional fruits in your favourite recipes.

With a sweet, sharp flavour, Sea buckthorn berries add a fresh twist to many recipes and also make a refreshing health juice drink. Studies have shown that Sea Buckthorn can help with cardiovascular, memory, growth, anti-inflammatory, and skin health. Sea Buckthorn berries are popularly used in Denmark, especially in homemade pies and jams; a great alternative to more traditional berries.

Sea Buckthorn Health Juice Drink

Sea Buckthorn Health Juice Drink

As its name suggests, Sea Buckthorn thrives along the coast. The berries are ripe in autumn and can be picked to use at home. If you’re planting your own Sea Buckthorn shrub or hedge, they make a fantastic windbreak and are just as suited to inland positions as they are coastal sites. Hippophae Rhamnoides has unusual silvery, grey foliage that contrasts wonderfully with the brightly coloured berries.

When planting a Sea Buckthorn Hedge, remember the following:

  • Plant in a sunny position for optimum berry production
  • Avoid dry soils
  • Ideal for problem soils; Sea Buckthorn has nitrogen fixing properties that will improve the quality of soil

Sea Buckthorn is also a key ingredient in our Mixed Coastal Hedging Packs – perfect for achieving a wildlife friendly hedge with year round interest.

 

Sea Buckthorn Hedging

Sea Buckthorn Hedging