Yesterday the volunteers joined us a Moor Green Lakes to lay the hedge to Colebrook Hide. We were greeted with a beautiful day and set to work clearing the undergrowth so we could access the hedge.
A few years ago Steve Bailey and the Moor Green volunteers planted the hedgerow in a zig-zag in preparation to be the laid. Over time it has become over mature forming a row of trees with an open understory. This is very apparent at the furthest end where it’s effectiveness as a screen has declined. When the hedge is laid near the hide the bramble behind will be retained to act as a temporary screen whilst the laid hedge sprouts. The process of laying will encourage this denser lower growth, to produce a much more effective hedge for wildlife and screening. It will also reduce shading and narrowing of the path.
The task proved a challenge as the young hedgerow trees were disceptively tall and tangled up, but everyone pulled through to help out. A big thank you to everyone who helped and especially my colleague Sarah who led one of the hedgelaying groups.