National Hedgerow Week

National Hedgerow Week is 6 – 12 May 2024. Hedgerows are a valuable and important feature of our British landscape. They not only help to make our landscape beautiful, but they also provide the UK’s largest habitat for wildlife. Hedgerows are vital for stopping the decline in biodiversity, and tackling climate change. Their importance is increased when hedges are connected to each other. This creates a sheltered network of corridors for wildlife.

In addition to their benefits for wildlife, they also protect crops and livestock, provide boundaries within cities, towns and villages. They play their part in carbon capture and provide beautiful features at the sides of road and train tracks.

Trees also form parts of the hedgerow network and research is showing that the hedgerow tree population is aging. Ash dieback is also a threat. So when admiring a hedgerow, remember also the hedgerow trees – and not just in National Hedgerow Week.

National Hedgerow Week