Heroic Hedging at Moor Green Lakes

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.

Colebrook Hide path before

Colebrook Hide path before

Colebrook hide hedge after laying

Colebrook hide hedge after laying

The hedge-layers

The hedge-layers and I

Ranger Stuart

About blackwatervalleycountryside

The Blackwater Valley is located on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and runs for approximately 30km from the source near Aldershot, northwards to Swallowfield. At its confluence it joins the rivers Whitewater and Loddon. The Loddon eventually flows into the River Thames near Reading. Work in the Blackwater Valley is co-ordinated by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership on behalf of the local authorities that border the Valley. Despite being surrounded by urban development the Valley provides an important green corridor for local residents As well as the Blackwater Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a small part of the Basingstoke Canal SSSI, three nature reserves within the Valley catchment and many other areas have been recognised for their ecological importance. The local planning authorities covering the Valley have designated 31 other areas as ‘Wildlife Sites’.
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