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
Wood Fuel from Hedges. A new guide, the first for Britain, has been published by the Devon Hedge Group on how to manage West Country hedges for fuel, including harvesting techniques and likely biomass yields. Both log and chip production are covered. The guide concludes that many farms, probably the majority, could heat at least their farmhouses from their hedges and save money in the process, while others will be able to generate an income through selling the wood to local communities. The guide can be obtained from the Tamar Valley AONB, Tamar Valley Centre, Cemetery Road, Drakewalls, Gunnislake, Cornwall, PL18 9FE. 20pp, full colour. £5.00 + p&p.
Find out more
- Devon Hedges learning resources
- The Devon Hedge
- Devon Hedge Group
- Devon Hedge Competition
- Year of the Devon Hedge
- Hedges for Wood Fuel
- 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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