Our Newly Laid Hedge
(From the Parish Newsletter Hartbeat Spring 2016)
There is a new feature in the Pocket Park. At the beginning of 2008, we planned and planted a "demonstration hedge". For the last 8 years, the plants have been growing strongly and the time came to lay the hedge. Hedge laying is a historic practice but labour intensive . Most field hedges are managed with an annual short back and sides with a tractor and flail. They look tidy but tend to die back at the bottom . A well laid hedge will grow thickly from the bottom up creating a corridor for wild life and an excellent habitat for birds . With the aid of excellent instruction and volunteer help from The Conservation Volunteers we have laid the hedge in the Midland Bullock Style used locally in Northamptonshire ..... We are rather proud of it.