Hedge Plants: Conservation Hedge
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This native British hedge plant mix will produce a traditional mixed country hedge, great for wildlife. It also quickly makes a good people and stock proof barrier. Each hedge pack consists of 50 plants - enough for 10m in a double staggered row. We also offer a "stock friendly" option, which is also more appropriate for gardens as it does not include suckering Blackthorn.
The plants in the larger option we're selling at the moment are grown in Yorkshire. They are well established when you buy them - all grading as 60-90cm high. We also offer an "economy" option, including much smaller plants up to 60cm tall.
The 60-90cm mix is selected from at least 5 species (see below) to give the hedge gives all year round interest. There will be flowers in the spring and summer, autumn colour, and fruit, nuts and berries in the autumn and winter. Our hedging is all British grown from British stock and our hedge mixes have great species diversity. You'll find cheaper options elsewhere which include more (cheap) hawthorn, and plants grown overseas. Your hedge should reach around head high in 3 years, depending on conditions.
Value For Wildlife
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 native hedges give wildlife a safe habitat and food all year round, they also act as safe corridors for movement. Oh, and of course we can use the fruit and nuts which this conservation hedge mix will produce too.
Good For Security, Privacy And The Environment
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, including dense spiky species. The impenetrable 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. It turns out too that mixed hedges like this are really good at reducing particulate pollution in cities. They can help with flood control too, particularly in urban situations. They're a stupidly overlooked carbon sink too.
What's In The Hedge Mix?
Like many hedges across the UK, this Conservation hedge mix is based on Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), giving structure, spikeyness (is that a word?), speed of establishment, and high value for wildlife. The Hawthorn makes up 50% of the mix, and the other 50% is at least 5 other mixed native species. These are typically 5 of Crab apple (Malus sylvestris), Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), Dog rose (Rosan canina) or Field rose (Rosa arvensis), Common dogwood (Cornus sanguinea), Field Maple (acer campestre), Spindle (Euonymous europeaus), Hazel (Corylus avellana) and Cherry plum (Prunus cerasifera). These are plants which will establish well in a wide variety of conditions including shade, are widely distributed across the UK, and traditionally found in hedgerows. 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, unlike many you can buy, which include higher %s of this relatively cheap plant and less of the other stuff. The species mix in the economy option will change, and is selected from a wider mix of species (see below).
We also offer a cheaper hedge mix option, based on much smaller plants, from 30cm to 60cm. Like all our hedge plants these are grown in the UK from seed sourced here. Most of the plants we're selling at the moment in this mix originate from eastern England. The mix of species you can expect to see will vary more than the larger mix, although they will always include 50% hawthorn. There will be at least 5 other native species, widespread across the UK and suitable for a range of conditions. These will include a rose and at least 4 of beech, spindle, Common dogwood, Myrobalan, a willow, buckthorn, blackthorn, Guelder rose, and Field maple.
These smaller plants will need more care once planted; please make sure grass and weeds are kept off them.
How Do I plant My Hedge?
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.
Hedge Plants For Sale
These hedge whips are bare root, so they are available for delivery from November until the end of March. Like all our native hedging, they are British grown from British stock - in other words they have UK provenance and origin.
During the lifting season there may be up to a four week 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 end 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.
Conservation hedge supplier: RV Roger, Oakover Nurseries, British Hardwood Trees, Perrie Hale Forest Nursery.
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