The Volunteers transforming South Gloucestershire’s hedgerows
With the weather turning colder and the leaves starting to fall, it’s the time of year where hedgerow conservation work begins.
Our Hedgerow Hero volunteers are out every week, improving hedgerows around South Gloucestershire.
Learning the ancient skill of hedgelaying is a vital part of helping to rejuvenate hedgerows. Expert Somerset hedgelayer Mike Reed has been teaching our volunteers the craft, which involves cutting and bending the stem near the base to encourage dense regrowth.
Coppicing is a traditional method of woodland management, which involves cutting the stems of a tree down to the base. Whilst it can look dramatic to begin with, these stems will regrow with many new shoots, creating a thicker hedge. Similar to hedgelaying, coppicing extends the life of the hedge by preventing the trees maturing and becoming too tall.
We are running this project in partnership with South Gloucestershire District Council. We are working closely with them to help improve the current methods of management for their hedgerows.
Posted November 2022.