There are 32 miles of hedgerows on the Saint Ann’s allotments. Tenants are responsible for cutting internal hedges, maintaining their original form, and keeping the height to around 5ft.
Here we are replacing holes in the boundary hedgerow of the West Bank wildlife area.
Without continual maintenance, the original plans of these historic gardens could be lost. The hedgerows also provide natural habitats and breeding sites for birds, small mammals and insects. We used Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) and Dog Rose (Rosa canina). These were donated by the Nottingham High School as a thank you for providing training for a class of their students one day.
On a different day we were creating a new hedgerow to help screen the Community Orchard from the visitor’s centre. We used Beech (Fagus sylvatica) for this task as the leaves will remain throughout the year.
There were four of us working on this row. Two of us at one end of the row and two at the other end, working as a team to ensure our trenches met in the middle and that our zigzag spacing between plants was roughly equal for aesthetic and functionality purposes. I felt I worked well in this small group and we accomplished our mission.
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