Hedgerows are an incredibly undervalued resource that are in danger of being lost from our towns and cities if we don’t start to appreciate their importance for biodiversity as well as the many other benefits they bring to people.
In the past hedges were used as larders of healthy seasonal food – apples, berries and nuts were collected as a healthy tasty supplement to the diet. They also provided fire wood and were a source of animal feed. Today they are useful in a different way, we need them as wildlife corridors and because of the large numbers of animals from song birds to pollinating insects that they support.
Existing urban hedges are often clipped sterile habitats. By changing peoples’ perception of what a hedge should be, from a neat ‘box’ to a more natural and ‘wild’ hedge, we can improve many urban edges for both biodiversity and for food.
The Wild Hedges for Urban Edges project seeks to reconnect people to this wild heritage and help bring nature close to where they live and work.
New ‘Wild Hedges’ will provide the opportunity for city dwellers to reconnect with wildlife and growing food, even in the smallest space.