native hedges are a common sight in the British countryside
and are part of our rich heritage. They provide a rich habitat for many wild
creatures which are beneficial. Even if you
only have a relatively small garden a native hedge can look
very attractive, especially if you back onto open fields.
A native hedge can be kept to a formal shape if clipped
regularly, or it can be left to have a wilder look. However
cared for, the fact that it is a mixture of plants gives
it plenty of interest at different times of the year.
We will select a mixture of native species normally found
in established country hedges.
Bare Rooted Seedlings: About half the
mixture will be 2-3ft (60-90cm) seedling Quickthorn and the balance selected from 2-3ft (60-90cm) seedling Blackthorn, Field Maple and Spindle,
and 16-24ins (40-60cm) Dog Rose, Dogwood, Guelder Rose, Hazel and Sweet Briar Rose. Occasionally, we may substitute 2-3ft (60-90cm), Alder Buckthorn, Alder Common,and 1.5-2ft (45-60cm) Wayfaring Tree, or other native hedging plants.
Bare Rooted Transplants (click
here for more details): the mixture will be from the
following 2-3ft transplants: Quickthorn, Alder Buckthorn, Blackthorn, Dog Rose, Dogwood, Field Maple, Hazel, Spindle and Sweet Briar Rose. Occasionally we may substitute Alder Common, Sea Buckthorn, Wild Privet or other native hedging plants.
Cell Grown Plants (click
here for more details), ideal for planting from April
to October when bare rooted plants can't be planted. Available
in packs of 10, each pack containing 5 Quickthorn, 1 Blackthorn, 1 Dog Rose, 1 Field Maple, 1 Dogwood and 1 Hazel.
For a denser or stock-proof hedge we recommend a double
row planted 20ins (50cm) apart, 15ins (38cm) between rows,
that is 36 plants for a 10 yard length (40 plants for a
10 metre length)
For every 10 yard length of hedge we recommend 25 plants
(10 metres = 27 plants), giving an average planting distance
of 14ins (35cm) between plants, but be guided by the planting
distances listed for individual varieties.
Minimum order for a Mixed Native Hedge:
10 plants (bare rooted plants)
or 1 pack of 10 (cell grown plants)