As we are introducing a selection of Native Farm Hedging, our next posts will explore its history, uses, constituent plant varieties and many advantages…
Native Farm Hedging – History
Native Farm Hedging (sometimes called Paddock or Rural Hedging) represents the starting point of farming, horticulture and even of gardening – the first were planted some 6,000 years ago. In fact, hedging was one of the very first (arguably the first) marks we made on the landscape.
Native Farm Hedging – Use
Then as now, it is used primarily to mark and secure the perimeters and internal enclosures of fields; plots, paddocks and, of course, of larger gardens.
Native Farm Hedging is vital to help replace the 121,000 km of hedgerows and the 5 million+ garden hedges lost during the last 100 years.
Our selection brings together a selection of traditional, native hedging plants that also qualify for agri-environment schemes including the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme. Hawthorn has long been the mainstay of Native Farm Hedging – a tradition our selection maintains combined with other practical, attractive and well-loved native varieties:
- Hawthorn (70% and pictured above) – Crataegus monogyna
- Blackthorn – Prunus spinosa
- Guilder Rose – Viburnum opulus
- Dog Rose – Rosa canina
- Field Maple – Acer campestre
- Hazel – Corylus avallana
We’ll look each of these in more detail in subsequent posts.
Though Farm Hedging is not quite the same as a hedgerow, it offers wildlife the same benefits of food, shelter and security. Native wildlife, though it readily adapts to comparable non-native plant species, has an innate preference for the home-grown and therefore Farm Hedging is at its most useful to mammals; birds, bees, butterflies and other insects when comprised solely of native plants.
Wildlife can be helped further by retaining ground cover at the base of your hedge during winter.