Hedge Xpress Farm Hedging

Coming this autumn: Native Farm Hedging…

Man first planted a hedge some 6,000 years ago – the earliest mark we ever made on the landscape.

Initially the hedge demarcated small, quarter- acre fields, but was soon also used to keep livestock in and wild animals out. Hedgerows came later and we can perhaps use this opportunity to clear up the difference between a ‘hedge’ and a ‘hedgerow’. All hedgerows are hedges, but not all hedges are hedgerows as the latter are, strictly speaking, ‘hedges planted and cultivated to separate fields from roads or other fields that are sufficiently well established to incorporate larger trees as well as shrubs’. Farm Hedging is therefore suitable for both and, either way, will help replace the 121,000 km of hedgerows and the 5 million+ garden hedges lost during the last 100 years.

Native Farm Hedging

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.

Restoring the Wildlife Balance

Hedges and Hedgerows, especially those planted with native species, form the natural habitat of so much of our native fauna. By planting Farm  Hedging or Paddock Hedging (especially if the alternative is a costlier fence), you will be helping wildlife including small mammals; birds, bees, butterflies and other insects.

Hedge Xpress Farm Hedging Varieties

Farm Hedging Varieties

c.70% of our Native Farm Hedging is made up of Hawthorn.

The rest is made up of other native varieties, randomly selected from those listed right & below:

Hawthorn – Crataegus monogyna

Blackthorn – Prunus spinosa

Guilder Rose – Viburnum opulus

Dog Rose – Rosa canina

Field Maple – Acer campestre

Hazel – Corylus avallana

Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna)

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.

Hawthorn Hedging
Blackthorn Hedging

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.

Guelder Rose Hedging
Dog Rose Hedging

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.

If you’re old enough to remember Rose Hip Syrup, it’s the Dog Rose you should thank for your sugary dose of Vitamin C!

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.

Field Maple Hedging
Hazel Hedging

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.

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.

Two Specifications Available…

To maximise choice, we are offering Farm Hedging grown in two ways…

  • Standard

Standard Plants, the lower cost option, 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.

  • Deluxe

Deluxe 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.

Bundles

Our Native Farm Hedging will be available in mixed bundles of 25 plants.

Prices

Standard Plants are £18.75 (+VAT) per bundle

Deluxe plants £25.00 (+VAT) per bundle.

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.

Availability

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Hedge Xpress Farm Hedging Plants