News from the Nature Group
It’s not our doing, but we thought you’d like to know what’s happening with the hedge in Meadlands Mews, and why. Dan Booth, JRHT Parks and Landscapes Manager, has told us that the hedge is being laid as it…
“…had become overgrown and not particularly healthy with lots of dead wood. Laying the hedge helps to restore the form of the hedge and encourages new growth from the base to thicken it up lower down. Overgrown hedges tend to be very thin at the base making them an ineffective boundary and also less useful as a habitat for small mammals and invertebrates.
In addition to the benefits to nature, the laying of this particular hedge also improves the outlook of the residents on Meadlands Mews who were keen to get the hedge back under control and in a more aesthetically pleasing state.
Once the laying is completed new hedge plants will be added to fill in any gaps and new trees will be planted at 10m (approx.) intervals along the hedge line to break up the view across the adjacent field and add valuable habitat and height in the wider landscape.
The restored hedge will eventually be maintained on a three year cycle to maximise the benefits to wildlife. During the laying work our contractor, Don, found that this hedge had in fact been laid in the past so this is not the first time it has been laid and will probably not be the last.”
It’s beginning to look really good! For information about the nature group or our communal green spaces, please contact Wendy at firstname.lastname@example.org.