Devon has more hedges remaining than any other county in the UK, reflecting its large size, its pastoral landscape and the favourable management and agricultural systems adopted by local farmers. It is estimated that there are 53,000 km (33,000 miles) of hedge still in the county, and that we have about 20% of all the species-rich hedges left in the UK.
Devon's hedgebanks are an intimate element of the farmed landscape and over large areas of the county are the main refuge for a wide range of plants and animals - the "biodiversity". The successful conservation of hedges is critical to that of Devon's characteristic landscapes and much of the county's wildlife.
During 2014 we are celebrating 20 years of the Devon Hedge Group with a year of events and publicity- the Devon Hedge Year. - See more at: The Year of the Devon Hedge
Ash Dieback disease threatens Devon’s hedged landscape – let’s record what we have before it’s too late. (145KB - pdf help) Devon Hedge Group Press Release, 12 August 2013
Ash dieback looks set to have a major impact on Devon’s countryside, much of which is defined by its rich networks of hedges. Ash is one of our three main hedgerow trees, along with oak and beech, and makes up about one sixth (16%) of their shrubby growth. If the ash goes, and evidence from the continent suggests we will lose 90% of them, then our landscape will change dramatically. Find out what's happening and what you can do.
Find out more
- Devon Hedges learning resources
- The Devon Hedge
- Devon Hedge Group
- Devon Hedge Competition
- Year of the Devon Hedge
- Photos and guidance
- Green Veins and Lanes
- Hedgerow Trails
- Devon’s Hedgerow shrubs and trees – photo gallery
- Key Publications & Downloads
- Devon's Hedges - Conservation and Management: Online Information Pack
Also on devon.gov.uk
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