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Hedgerow management cycle

It isn't possible to keep any hedge at the same point indefinitely without threatening its structure and very future. Hedgerows are a living dynamic habitat and so are best managed dynamically to reflect this.

Even the best managed hedge will need to be rejuvenated every once in a while, and luckily even poor, over-trimmed or neglected hedges can be restored by understanding this hedge cycle and managing accordingly.

The hedgerow management cycle shows how you can manage your hedge with nature in mind to ensure the hedge structure remains strong and the hedgerow thrives into the future. 

The image below outlines the management cycle, click here for a key to the hedge structures and their descriptions used in this diagram.

PTES Hedgerow Survey *

Current Hedgerow Statistics

Length of
hedgerow surveyed

547 km

Average number of woody species
reported per 30m

3.6

% hedges in each
main structure category

  • 42.4 Overtrimmed
  • 28.2 Dense and managed
  • 23.5 Tall and overgrown
  • 5.9 Recently rejuvenated

Average trees/100m

19.5

* Statistics contain results from historic assessment results in addition to current online hedgerow surveys.