Time to get busy before the birds and buds do

Jan 3, 2023 | News

While the hedgerows are bare of leaves there are a couple of things you can do to improve them. You could lay your hedge, making it more stock-proof and covering up its ‘bare-bottom’ to give more protection to small mammals and birds. To learn how to lay your hedge look no further than Birkdale Farm, Terrington who are hosting workshops in January and February.

And if your hedge’s bottoms aren’t as bare as they should be then now is the perfect time to remove their PVC spiral guards. After 4-5 years hedge plants no longer need their plastic spiral protectors and contrary to popular belief, they don’t just disappear; instead, they shatter into plastic fragments which pollute soil and water. This month Rainbow Professional are launching a recycling scheme specifically for hedge spirals making it easier and more sustainable to dispose of redundant hedge protection.

For more information on hedgerow management visit Hedgelink.

Finally, you could register as a Howardian Hills Volunteer. This month our group are removing tree shelters for recycling and carrying out scrub management. Contact us if you are interested.

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