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  • Hedgerows in the countryside form a network, with many hedges linked together. For the purposes of this survey, we need to define a ‘start’ and ‘end’ point for the hedge, which we will call ‘nodes’.

    The circles on this diagram show the nodes. The numbers show the number of connections at each node circled.

    Nodes:

    • Where another hedge meets your hedge
    • Where there is a gap in the hedge of 20m or more
    • Where hedge structure changes dramatically for 20m or more
    • Where your hedge meets another feature such as a wall or woodland
    • Where your hedge turns a corner of 90 degrees or more

    Connections:

    • The number of other hedges your hedge is connected to at each node.
    • A hedgerow ending in woodland counts as two connections on that end.
    • If there is a gateway or opening (less than 20m) at the node, count the hedge(s) that would otherwise have attached

  • PTES Hedgerow Survey

    Current Hedgerow Statistics

    Length of
    hedgerow surveyed

    545 km

    Average number of woody species
    reported per 30m

    3.6

    % hedges in each
    main structure category

    • 52.5 Overtrimmed
    • 27.1 Dense and managed
    • 13.6 Tall and overgrown
    • 6.8 Recently rejuvenated

    Average trees/100m

    12.8