Hedgerow restored at Whitacre Heath SSSI

During January 2017, contractors working for Tame Valley Wetlands restored 170m of native hedgerow using traditional methods at Whitacre Heath SSSI, a site owned and managed by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.

The hedgerow which has been laid had not been managed and was slowly turning into a line of trees.  A well managed hedge should be thick and bushy at the bottom, creating a perfect natural barrier for livestock enclosure.  By laying the hedge now, we will avoid having to coppice it to the ground in the future.

Other benefits include:-

  • Livestock can take shelter behind the hedgerow
  • It becomes an important haven for wildlife, connecting habitats along a linear corridor
  • It is a defining feature of the Warwickshire countryside and provides heritage value
  • A laid hedge will re-grow thicker and will have a longer life span than an un-managed hedge
  • This also increases biodiversity along the hedgerow

Consent from Natural England was granted to lay the hedge and also burn any brash created from the work.

Take a look at the before and after photographs using the slider to see the improvements made.

(Photo © T Doherty 2017)

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Partners involved:  Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership – Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, Natural England, Environment Agency