Hedge Mix: Conservation Hedge
This native British hedge mix will produce a traditional mixed country hedge, great for wildlife. Plants are 60-90cm tall, selected from at least 6 species (see below). Managed sympathetically you will create a thick hedge which will be a real boon for a range of wildlife, including small mammals, birds, bees and other insects. Not only do hedges give wildlife a safe habitat, they also supply corridors for movement.
The hedge gives all year round interest for us too. There will be flowers in the spring and summer, autumn colour, and fruit, nuts and berries in the autumn and winter.Traditional hedges aren't just pretty. They kept livestock in fields for hundreds of years before barbed wire, and do just as good a job keeping people out. They're excellent security hedges. The thick barrier they form also make a very good privacy hedge. Many of the species here are fast growing too - any mix like this one based on Hawthorn (synonym "Quickthorn") will establish very fast.
This Conservation hedge mix is based on Hawthorn , to give it structure, speed of establishment, and high value for wildlife. The hedge will be head high after three years, depending on conditions. We also include 5 other mixed native species, chosen by us from a list that includes Blackthorn, Crab Apple, Dog Rose, Field Maple, Guelder Rose, Hazel, Spindle, Field Rose, Wayfaring Tree. These are plants which will establish well in a wide variety of conditions, are widely distributed across the UK, and are traditionally found in hedgerows.
To make a stockproof hedge, whips are usually planted at 5 plants per metre in a staggered double row, or 7 plants in a triple row. Plant each species in a small group of 3-5 plants, and each row 50cm or so apart. We sell our conservation hedge whips in packs of 50 plants, so enough for 10m of hedge. You might want to plant a wider, less dense hedge, which would not be stock proof but helpful for wildlife. In which case plant the rows up to 1m apart. Please look at our blog for help on establishment and maintenance.
If you have horses and they will be able to graze the hedge when it is established, you might prefer our stock friendly hedging, which is also made up of native British hedging plants. This mix also has only 50% Hawthorn.
These hedge whips are bare root, so they are available for delivery from November until March. During the lifting season there may be up to two weeks delay between placing the order and dispatch, due to weather conditions or pressure of orders, which are dealt with in date sequence. Orders for hedging plants placed between March and September are confirmed for dispatch from November.
Please looks at our tips for planting and initial care of hedge whips. We do offer a nationwide hedge planting service for larger projects; please get in touch for a quote.
Supplier: Perrie Hale Forest Nursery
We donate half of our profits on sales of Conservation hedge mix to the The Tree Council