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Ken Hume
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Post Dead Hedging
on: February 13, 2013, 08:06

The Orchard Barn project in Suffolk has recently sent us details of their use of "dead hedging" to create boundaries and I wonder if this is a practice employed in Oxfordshire and elsewhere in the country ?


Sarah Partridge at Orchard Barn [ http://www.orchardbarn.org.uk ] thinks that this is a good way of using and tidying up brash.

What would be the benefits or draw-backs from using this technique ?

Ken Hume

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Post Re: Dead Hedging
on: July 3, 2013, 22:51

Dead Hedgeing is an excellent short term boundary if have seen it used by park rangers to force people to use paths instead of cutting corners. it has fantastic value to wildlife it does however only give protection for about two possibly three years. I would recommend that a native mixed species is planted on the south and west side of the dead hedge which should give you a boundary for years to come. If any one has cleared Holly understory from established woodland this makes excellent dead hedge and if you clear carefully you will find plants for you new hedge growing in the leaf litter.

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