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BIG DIG: Hedgerows return to their roots as replanting gets underway at farm

 Published on: 18th December 2021   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Decades after they were torn from the ground, a set of hedgerows are being replanted by volunteers in a bid to bring biodiversity to Woodoaks Farm in Maple Cross.

With helpful hands coming from the Soil Association, local churches, campaign group Sustainable Three Rivers, the Countryside Management Service and Three Rivers District Council (TRDC), the restoration project will return a boundary across the centre field that had previously existed for hundreds of years before it was torn out decades ago.

But this scheme isn’t just about restoring a bit of heritage to the farm. The restoration of hedgerows on this agricultural land will create new habitats and corridors of wildlife for a wide variety of small mammals and insects.

These corridors will allow creatures to cross in and out of different environments with much more ease than before, giving the wildlife a greater amount of genetic diversity.

The hedgerows, planted in two rows, has a variety of species that will bloom at different times of the year so as to provide the birds and birds with food, and will also offset local carbon emissions, proving its purpose in this environmentally fraught age.

Elen Roberts, Climate Change, Sustainability and Recycling Officer at Three Rivers District Council, who was one of the volunteers, said: “It is great to see such passionate volunteers turn out to help improve their local environment and improve biodiversity in the area.

“We are so excited to see Woodoaks develop to become a haven for wildlife while making local, organic, sustainable food available to residents and fighting climate change. I am looking forward to visiting again soon.”

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