ARCHIVE: Entry Level Stewardship Handbook 2005 (PB10355)
Hedgerow management options

Hedges and hedgebanks are important elements of the countryside as landscape and historic features, for wildlife habitat, for stock management and shelter. Hedgerow management options may be applied to hedges that are in management by regular trimming (including sides) or on a traditional hedge-laying or coppicing cycle. You cannot use more than one hedgerow management option on the same length of hedge.

Where the hedge includes gaps, these may be included in the length measurement, providing they amount to no more than 20% of the total length of that particular hedge.

Road and trackside hedges are eligible. For public safety, the side of the hedge and margin next to a road or enclosed public path may be trimmed more frequently.

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