To restore and improve Oxfordshire hedgerows and verges; they criss-cross parishes, providing vital wildlife corridors. Every community has them and many are in poor condition; we will work to support local groups to strengthen these living networks.
Wildlife diversity continues to plummet. Hedgerows and roadside verges provide essential wildlife corridors. Hedgerows develop gaps due to poor management and the diversity is 'mown' out of verges. Local communities want to help, many have declared a 'climate and ecological emergency'. Individuals and voluntary groups lack knowledge and expertise. Years 1 & 2 of the hedgerow project highlighted the demand for help & advice by communities . Additional funding will help us to deliver more work.
Hedges and verges provide an appealing starting point to engage with new people in local conservation. With extra staff time and additional funding, we will support more groups to improve their local hedges and edges: Running training courses for surveying, planting & managing hedgerows & verges; Providing site & community-specific advice; Linking communities with funders; Producing free materials for communities to use.