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The Benefits of Native Hedging

There are many options available to you while selecting plants for hedging. Options include evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs. Hedges planted with native plants are an attractive option for both gardens and farm hedges and are recommended by English Woodlands.

For beginners, they are a fairly low-risk option. Through native hedging it’s possible to select species well-suited to local environmental conditions, for instance soil type and aspect. If chosen correctly, native plants can be found which establish well in most conditions. Carpinus betulus (hornbeam) is suitable for clay soils, where Euonymous europaeus (spindle) prospers in Alkaline. For windy locations Cratagus monogyna (hawthorn) proves tolerant to high winds, and Alnus glutinosa (alder) is tolerant enough of water to be planted along streams and rivers.

Importantly, native hedging provides genuine assistance to the wildlife in your area. They provide a ‘wildlife corridor’ to serve as shelter for small mammals, and represent secure roosting and nesting sites. Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) and Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) provide berries to sustain birds. Beyond this, native plants chime well with the aesthetics of the British woodlands and forests, and you can achieve autumn colour from the Field Maple (Acer campestre) or Guelder Rose (Viburnum opulus). The UK countryside has a distinctive feel, cultivated over centuries around our local flora, planting a native hedge contributes to the country’s unique aesthetics. Functionally, deciduous hedges serve as excellent windbreaks, or can even be grown to create a stock proof fence.

We understand the importance of providing plants which pose a true benefit to the English environment, as well as your garden. There are a wide variety of native plants for hedging available in our nursery, and never hesitate to contact us with any queries you might have.

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