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Horse Friendly Hedging

We are frequently asked for a hedge suitable for equestrian use, so we have put together a collection of mainly native plants which, if grazed by horses, should cause no harm. The plants will need protecting from the horses until they are fully established, as with any hedge. The hedge will give interest all year round and will be beneficial to many species of wildlife. If pruned correctly, fed and kept well watered it will grow quite rapidly so it will soon offer protection from the elements. To give extra shade to the horses we would recommend planting and growing some trees in the hedge as well. Horse Friendly Hedging

The transplants in the hedge will be 60-90cm (2-3ft), approximately 50% Quickthorn and the balance selected from Dog Rose, Dogwood, Guelder Rose, Hazel, Hornbeam, Rose Rugosa and Rose Sweet Briar.

The seedlings will be 60-90cm (2-3ft) Quickthorn, Myrobalan Plum, 40-60cm (16-24ins) Dogwood, Guelder Rose, Hazel, Rose Rugosa, Rose Sweet Briar, Field Maple and 30-45cm (12-18ins) Hornbeam.

A short hedge will have fewer different species than a long one.

There has been some concern that Field Maple seeds may cause Atypical Myopathy in horses, as Field Maple (Acer campestre) is in the same family as Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus). Our understanding is that this link has not been proven and the British Horse Society recommend Field Maple as a safe hedging plant for horses. Field Maple is NOT included in the standard transplant mix. We are happy to substitute a different plant for Field Maple if requested. A short hedge will have fewer different species than a long one.

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. 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).

Minimum order for Horse Friendly Hedging
10 plants (bare rooted plants)
  Price per plant for Calculate how many plants required for a length of hedge
10+ 50+ 250+ 1000+
 Seedlings £1.00 £0.70 £0.65 £0.58
 Transplants £1.56 £1.26 £1.14 £1.06

AVAILABILITY: Items marked Tr (Transplanted) and Sd (Bare rooted seedling) can only be planted when they are dormant (normally between November and March).


Please enter length of hedge you require below. The number of plants and price for these will then be shown on the right hand side.

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Planting Distance14ins/36cm
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