Burgess Nature Park – Hedge Planting Day

We would like to thank Burgess Nature Park for their acknowledgement in their Winter newsletter – Hedges Direct gave advice on suitable species for a hedge of 421 plants in various mixed native species – and also gave a huge discount!

This species-rich hedge will provide shelter and food for many wildlife species. The planting of the hedge was undertaken by many Burgess Nature Park volunteers. Roll on spring to see the effect.

Here’s a link to the Burgess Nature Park website: http://www.burgessnaturepark.btik.com/

And here is a link that shows images of Hedge Planting Day http://www.burgessnaturepark.btik.com/gallery/1844994698.ikml

4 Responses to “Burgess Nature Park – Hedge Planting Day”

  • A question about Holly bushes.
    Do they need to be trimmed in Winter to get the branches to thicken out?
    Does a holly bush need a lot of sunlight to grow?
    Should it be planted in the sunlight or will it tolerate partial shade?
    How do you get Holly berries during the winter months?
    Are children tempted to snack on these berries? If so are they harmful to them?
    Are the leaves eaten by animals during the winter? If so do the thorns on the leaves harm wildlife’s mouths during chewing.

  • June:

    Thank you for the questions.
    Holly does respond to being trimmed at the top – it will stimulate good base growth and thickness in the bush. However, it is a species that does tend to have sections of stem without leaves and then a cluster of small stems carrying leaves – it’s just a peculiar attribute of the Holly species.
    It will grow well in shade.
    There’s nothing you can do to get more berries in winter – other than either plant a self fertisilising species or make sure you have several plants so that you know that they will fertilise the females. Some species have more berries than others – J D Van Tol is a particularly good species for producing profuse berries.
    I couldn’t say whether children are tempted to snack on the berries – all children should be taught not to eat what they find on the ground or on plants just in case it’s one of the toxic species – but Holly is not toxic.
    Some animals will eat the leaves without suffering sore mouths (cows, goats, sheep for example) but I wouldn’t recommend it for a pet dog or cat!


  • Mrs Williams from Sonehouse:

    That is interesting comment. Do all Holly plants produce red berry’s I thought I has seem some with white berry’s on, or was I mistaken? I like the website its very good and easy to use.
    Yours faithfully
    Mrs Williams

  • June:

    Yes, there are some Holly species with white berries – what Hedges Direct sells is the Holly species that are particularly suitable to be trimmed to a hedge shape – Ilex aquifolium with small very prickly leaves, Ilex J C Van Tol with larger, slightly softer leaves and profuse berries, and Silver Holly with variegated leaves – all of these have red berries. Thank you for your kind comments about the website – we do appreciate it