Why are hedgerows important?

  • Hedges provide important habitat and a source of food for wildlife (and sometimes people too!).
  • Hedges are traditional, British, and often incredibly old (some of the field boundaries we have today begun life in bronze age Britain!). Like em or leave em, the British countryside wouldn't be the same without them.
  • Hedgerows serve the practical function of maintaining livestock within a given area.


How can you get involved?

  • The Landscape Partnership will be running a series of 'have a go' one or two day sessions for anyone who fancies trying the very satisfying practice of laying hedges in the traditional Dorset style. 
  • We will also be carrying out some hedgerow management with the intention of improving the habitat for wildlife. You will learn the difference between contemporary and traditional hedgerow laying - and when and where they are appropriate. This will include coppicing, planting and pruning.
  • If you are really keen we also have opportunities for Volunteer Rangers to train to a professional standard in hedge laying so you can organise and lead your own work parties.


Our hedgerow days are led by experienced Countryside Rangers, including our own South Dorset Ridgeway Ranger, Russell Goff, and our Trainee Countryside Rangers.  All of our team are very friendly and welcoming - no previous experience is necessary and we provide all necessary tools & equipment.

For more information and to register your interest contact Jill Hearing of the Landscape Partnership Team

01305 228273