Farm Hedging is also called Paddock Hedging because it often demarcates land used for horses. So, if you have horses, what is the best Paddock Hedging?
Paddock Hedging – Security
Horses, of course, require a great deal of care and attention and a secure environment in which to live. Paddock Hedging has been used for centuries to keep them safe and has proven itself every bit as effective as fencing. It is also, of course, much cheaper and far more beneficial to wildlife and the environment. And it is attractive.
If you own a horse you will be aware of Atypical myopathy – a potentially fatal equine disease caused by ingesting Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) seeds (the ‘helicopters’). This gives it its common name of Sycamore poisoning.
Horses are known to be sensitive to a number of plants (including acorns) and owners are therefore vigilant. None of the varieties in our selection is known to cause any problems for horses. Therefore, our selection is ideal for Paddock Hedging:
▫ Hawthorn – Crataegus monogyna
▫ Blackthorn – Prunus spinosa
▫ Guilder Rose – Viburnum opulus
▫ Dog Rose – Rosa canina
▫ Field Maple – Acer campestre
▫ Hazel – Corylus avallana
It is worth mentioning two things:
▫ Hawthorn makes up 70% of our Paddock Hedging and is one of the positively recommended varieties for Paddock Hedging
▫ Field Maple (Acer Campestre) does not produce the toxin associated with Atypical myopathy
Nothing to frighten the horses…
Raising a potentially worrying topic like poison carries with it the risk of causing unwarranted alarm. The simple fact is every garden in the land is likely to host at least a couple of plants that are poisonous to us, our pets and/or other wildlife yet. To put things into perspective, here is a list of plants that could cause great distress to household pets, and dogs in particular:
▫ Autumn Crocus
▫ Lily of the Valley
Yes, it is generally the bulbs that cause the problem – but how often do you hear of pets suffering because they happen to share a garden with any of them?