To restore our network of hedgerows working with local communities, schools, landowners and farmers to manage existing hedgerows and create new ones. Hedges are important landscape features as well as important for our wildlife and climate. We have lost half of our hedgerows since 1945.
The UK has lost half of our hedgerows since 1945. It is time to turn that around as the hedgerow network is our largest, most connected 'nature reserve'. Healthy hedgerows are teeming with life and vital for nature. One in 10 of all vulnerable species in the UK are associated with hedgerows. These include the hazel doormouse, the much loved hedgehog, whose decline has been closely associated with hedgerow loss. Continued hedgerow loss will hasten the decline of these species.
CPRE The Countryside Charity has been highlighting the vital role that hedgerows can play in the sustainability of the natural world. It has been campaigning to increase the hedgerow network by 40% by 2050 and encouraging local branches to work with communities , schools, landowners and farmers to restore badly managed hedgerows by training in traditional hedge laying and planting new hedges to increase the connectivity of the hedgerow network.