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Hedgerow Heroes are back for a second year!

By louisev &

Our Hedgerow Heroes project has been running for over a year now. Our team have been out planting and coppicing in all weathers working hard to improve hedgerows and protect wildlife throughout South Gloucestershire. In that time we were able lay 350m hedgerow and gap up 800m of existing hedgerow! Helping those important wildlife corridors thrive.

Following the success of the last year, we will be expanding into Bath and Northeast Somerset to revitalise hedgerows and improve the landscape across both counties.

Our Goals for the coming year

We are aiming to improve 1km hedgerow over winter, to prevent soil erosion and provide a habitat for many species of birds, insects, butterflies and small mammals. To achieve this, we aim to:

1. Train a whole team of new volunteers in hedge laying and planting.

2. Work with Bath & NE Somerset council and South Gloucestershire council to develop a more wildlife friendly method of hedgerow management.

3. Spread the word of how to make hedgerows healthier and inspire everyone who has a hedgerow. Forget annually trimmed, neat boxy hedgerows lining every field or garden, we want to see more sprawling dense hedgerows, brimming with blossoms and berries!

Where are we working this year?

South Gloucestershire:

Stoke Gifford

Wickwar playing fields

Yate Common

Warmley Forest Park


Bath and NE Somerset:

Alexandra Park

Archery field

Roundhill park

Waterside valley

The Community Farm

Want to get involved?

We will be running a variety of free events all about hedgerows, such as bat detecting and hedgerow foraging walks. To look at what’s on next, check our Events page.

Join our volunteer team! Would you like to learn traditional conservation skills? Can you spare a few hours a week improving your local countryside? Sign up to our Bath & NE Somerset or South Gloucestershire volunteer group here:

Countryside Charity hedgerow shoot with Daylands Farm, Honeybridge Lane, Ashurst, Steyning, West Sussex.