Hedgerows - what can you do?

Image of people Hedgelaying.
Hedgelaying is important in keeping hedges healthy.

At CPRE we are constantly pushing forward on what we believe is right for a healthy, diverse and sustainable countryside. Our Hedgerow initiative is a great example of this. The good news is there are lots of things we can all do, as individuals, as part of a family, within our community, the land surrounding us and also in our own gardens.

We can stop and take stock of them. We can nurture and take care of them. We can cherish and love them and value their contribution to the world around us. Read on to find out more about what you can do and how you can contribute.

Take Action – take part in our photography competition

Find out more about our Hedgerows Photography Competition! With four age categories, for children and grown ups, the best photograph in each category will win the chance to feature on our website and in our printed bi-annual magazine Hampshire Views. The closing date is Thursday 30th September 2021.

Take Action – sign our petition

Hedgerows have been a defining attribute of the landscapes around us for over a thousand years, providing pathways, shelter and sustenance for wildlife, protecting the soil whilst also cleaning the air and absorbing carbon emissions.

Hedgerows are the most versatile, nature-based solution to climate change we have to offer.

And they need our help. Around 50% of this country’s hedgerows have disappeared since the Second World War and many more are seriously degraded or otherwise under threat. We are calling on the government to commit to a target of 40% more hedgerows by 2050.

Sign our petition and join our voice.

Take Action – sign the ‘Hedge Pledge’

A great tool for children or adults alike, classes, groups or organisations to ‘make official’ that commitment to helping out the humble hedgerow.

If you would like a copy of the Hedge Pledge, please email us at comms@cprehampshire.org.uk.






Take Action – take part in The Great British Hedgerow Survey

The People’s Trust for Endangered Species have been standing up for wildlife for over 40 years. With the help of scientists, conservationists, landowners and the general public, they have worked to protect our delicately balanced ecosystem by bringing our most threatened species back from the brink.

We like how they think – they say some things are better joined up. Like hedgerows. And you can join in by taking part in the Great British Hedgerow Survey.

The survey is comparatively simple to do, but collects enough vital information to give a good assessment of hedgerow health, as well as robust advice for future management. It has been designed for both land mangers that may want to improve the structural condition of their own hedgerows, and for interested wildlife groups that want assess the quality of habitat in any particular area. You can also take part if you’d like to survey the health of the hedges around you.

Find out more about the Great British Hedgerow Survey.

Healthy Hedges Help and Advice

A Hampshire Hedge
Top Ten Tips for a Healthy Hedge from Hedgelink
Photo of a group of people, young and old, walking in the countryside.
Community Hedge Fund from The Tree Council
Aerial view photo of fields and hedges
CPRE Shropshire - Online Talks
Image of children examining a hedgerow.
Free Orchard and Hedgerows Pack for Schools from The Tree Council
Children climbing in the New Forest