Over the years many of our native hedges have been removed as agriculture favoured larger and larger fields. There are now grants available for farmers to plant hedges. Hedges are excellent for wildlife as they act as corridors for them to move across open areas. They also provide a natural barrier to keep in stock, provide security and act as a boundary marker.
Hedges can be planted in single or double rows with a species mix suitable for the location. If a newly planted hedge needs to be protected from stock then I can fence off a strip in front of it to keep it safe.
Planting a new area of woodland is another way of enhancing the wildlife and landscape value in an area. It also you to leave a positive mark on the landscape for future generations. Planting needs to be well planned so that trees spend as little time out of the ground as possible. Problems come from rough handling, allowing the roots to dry out or if they develop rot. Tree shelters and canes are used to protect the young trees in the first few years.
Its important to remember the ongoing maintenance to prevent problems later. Watering in dry spells, weeding around the bases to stop competition from other plants, checking the shelters for damage and later removing them as the tree matures. They also benefit from pruning as they mature.