Native Farm Hedging (sometimes called Paddock Hedging) is used primarily to delineate the perimeters and internal enclosures of fields; plots and paddocks and, of course, of larger gardens. Our selection brings together a selection of traditional, native hedging plants that also qualify for agri-environment schemes including the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme.
We are currently offering two superb Farm Hedge bundles that include your choice of Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Guelder Rose, Dog Rose, Field Maple, Hazel or our Hedge Xpress Special Mix of Native Farm Hedging Plants.
Standard Native Farm Hedging Bundle plants are grown more intensively and are harvested a little younger. They are mechanically undercut after Year 1 and grown on for a second season. However, the plants are fully robust and ready for planting. Height 45/60cm.
Deluxe Native Farm Hedging Bundle plants are grown with a little more space between the individual plants and so have a more developed root system. After the first season they are lifted and replanted for the second season. Height 45/60cm, other sizes avalable on request.
The Hawthorn has been the backbone of English Hedges and Hedgerows for centuries – actually millennia – and that’s why it is the dominant species in our Farm Hedging. Its combination of spines and close-growing branches make it all but impenetrable. And it’s eminently practical: reliable, easy-to- maintain and relatively quick growing.
Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa)
Blackthorn, as its name suggests, offers an excellent line of defence to keep animals in and interlopers (on two or four legs) out. It is, after all, known as the ‘cattle-proof’ Farm Hedge. And it comes with a bonus – its sloes are used to make that quintessentially English liqueur, Sloe Gin.
Guelder Rose (Viburnum opulus)
Despite its common name coming from the Dutch province of Gelderland, this popular variety of Viburnum is a true English native. It brings a natural look to hedgerows and Farm Hedges where it’s long been a regular fixture.
Dog Rose (Rosa canina)
More a scrambling than rambling rose, The Dog Rose’s familiar, attractive and scented flowers bring a subtle flash of pink to mid-summer. But it’s not just a pretty face – its prickles are an effective deterrent. It is also extremely easy to grow.
Field Maple (Acer campestre)
The Field Maple is a hardy, native tree and therefore common in hedgerows. But, as it is slow-growing is also a useful and popular addition to Farm Hedging. Its leaves turn a lovely, buttery yellow in autumn.
Hazel (Corylus avallana)
After Hawthorn, Hazel is the next most common Farm Hedging plant found in England. In the southwest it is the dominant species.
What else do you need to know?
Soil & Situation For Farm Hedging All the species included in our native Farm Hedging are happy in just about any soil: chalk, clay, sand or loam; acid, neutral or alkaline. They also grow well in full sun to partial shade.
Collection / Delivery Our Farm Hedging is offered for click-and-collect at our nursery or by courier delivery for an additional £40 (+VAT) per pallet.
Everything you need to make it even easier… We offer a one-stop shop. Rabbit guards, bamboo canes and ties will all be available to order at the same time as your plants.