Hedge Laying

Trees & Shrubs good for hedging:
Hawthorne, Blackthorn, Hazel,
Elm, Ash, Field Maple, Beech,
Plum, Crab Apple, Holly, Primrose,
Sweet Chestnut, Beech, Hornbeam,
Whitebeam, Wild privet, Spindle,
Balm-leaved Figwort, Bastard Balm,
Campions, Cranesbills and Vetches.
Native is best for wildlife diversity.
For more species see:
Bulk trees for sale in UK:

Hedging: A Practical Handbook by Elizabeth Agate and Alan Brooks

National Hedgelaying Society:
The English Hedgerow Trust:
Study: Hedgerows enhance beneficial insects on farms in California’s Central Valley

Read about the different styles:
Paul Blissett:


Plant of the Day
Wednesday 19 March 2014

Magnolia stellata ‘Royal Star’ covered in flower at Writtle College. These slow growing shrubs are ideal for small gardens and since they are deciduous allow a range of early spring flowering bulbs and herbaceous plants beneath them. If you wish to shape the plant prune young thin branches, avoid dramatic pruning.

Jill Raggett