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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.


    • 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


    • 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


    % 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