Hedges not only provide effective livestock fencing for fields and woodland edges but also provide excellent habitat and wildlife corridors for insects and birds. Unlike timber or wire fences which deteriorate over time and provide no habitat benefit, if managed properly a hedge will improve over time and provide ever better natural habitat.
This hawthorn hedge along Brickyards Wood until recently has not been managed other than with a mechanical trimmer. What's left of the original hedge is being left to grow so it can be laid in a couple of year's time. The gaps have been filled in with a wide variety of species, the main one being Hawthorn to provide the main structure, but we have also added Hazel, Box, Holly, Blackthorn, and various species of wild Roses. This will create a very attractive hedge, sometimes known as a “tapestry” hedge for its variety of colours, and a broad habitat 'biodiversity' to maximise natural benefit.