A quick guide
Hedgerows are a vital but disappearing habitat in the UK, and planting one can be one of the best ways to help wildlife in your garden or community
How to plant
What to plant
Beech. Good for structure and colour, with bright green leaves that turn russet in autumn and stay on the branches throughout winter.
Dog rose. Deliciously scented flowers, and colourful hips in autumn. Made into syrups and sauces, rosehips are a good sauce of vitamin C.
Hawthorn. Spring blossom for bees, and winter berries that are loved by birds. Thick thorny foliage that's fantastic for nesting birds.
Holly. Dense, evergreen cover with protective prickly leaves. The bright red berries are eaten by birds and mammals.
Blackthorn. Masses of white flowers in March and April provide nectar for insects. It's vital for the rare black hairstreak butterfly, which lays its eggs on blackthorn. When the caterpillars emerge in spring, they feed on the plant. And you can make sloe gin with the autumn berries!
Elder. Blossom and berries provide food for many creatures, and elder leaves are a source of food for moth and butterfly caterpillars. Elderberries have reputed health benefits for humans, and can be made into an immune-boosting syrup.
Hazel. Catkins in spring provide nectar, and the hazelnuts can be gathered in autumn – if the squirrels don't get to them first!
Little Green Space March 2020