Hedge Maintenance 26th November and 10th December

4th November 2016

Posted by Tom Barker

There will be hedge maintenance sessions on 26th November and 10th December 2016. Please be on site by 10am for the pre-task briefing. We should finish by midday.

During these days we will be carrying out additional work including path clearance, litter picking and bulb planting – so something for everyone. If you want to take part or to find out more, please email info@slheatons.orgor phone 07980584445

 

Background:

This hedge is located between Priestnall allotments and the common. It is thought to date back to around 1850 when a road ran along the route of the current pathway and has become overgrown & thin. To be an effective hedge, providing a food source and habitat for wildlife as well as protecting the path users from the worst of the weather, the hedge needs to be re-layed.  SLH has received permission from Stockport Council to re-lay this hedge.

 

Hedge laying and infilling:

The work started on the hedge last winter, will continue in a southerly direction, Ie. in the direction towards Priestnall Rd.

Hedge-laying involves chopping part-way through the trunks of the bushes on the route so that they can be laid horizontally and interweaved with other bushes to form the hedge. This will be done using traditional techniques to enable it to regain its shape and density, under the guidance of Mike Carswell from Urban Coppice.

Where, after laying, there are still gaps, hawthorn and possibly other whips will be planted, to fill these.

 

Hedges are an invaluable part of our ecosystem. Once restored this hedge will:

– Enable the movement and dispersal through the landscape of a wide range of organisms particularly flying insects that need warm sheltered conditions.

– Assist our pollinators: shrubs, trees and herbs of hedgerows provide shelter and flight lines for pollinators such as bumblebees and nectar and pollen sources essential when crops are not in flower.

– Provide shelter for path users and wildlife from the wind and shade from the sun

– Help to improve urban air quality through capturing particulates and moderating the urban heat island effect

– Be the source of iconic British foods and drinks including blackberry jam!

 

In the longer term it is close to local schools which could use it as a learning opportunity across a wide range of subjects and serve as an outdoor classroom.

 

 

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