Devon’s hedges are world class! They are of great historical importance, define the county’s beautiful farmed landscapes, and support an immense amount of wildlife. The Devon Hedge Group helps people to appreciate and understand this. Our aim is to ensure that Devon’s amazing hedges remain intact and healthy for future generations to enjoy. Read more about us For further information and discussions about Devon hedges, why not join our Facebook Group.

Good hedges provide Eco-habitat Food and safety for wildlife Shelter from sun, wind and rain for wildlife and farm animals. Carbon care CO2 absorption by foliage, sustainable wood fuel BUT – How many look like this hedge?

 

Rate this hedge ONE STAR Bank but no hedge Bracken which needs flailing yearly Needs replanting.

 

 

Rate this hedge FIVE STAR Eco-hedge. Very good habitat, shelter and carbon care. Over 1 metre for nesting. 2+ years top growth for winter berries. Trees give shade and fuel. Varied habitat and high carbon capture.

 

 

Rate this hedge TWO STAR No hedge – but hope! Few current benefits. Still has rootstock, and so has potential for regrowth.

 

Rate this hedge THREE STAR. Low hedge Some habitat, shelter and carbon care. 500mm at least. OK for insects and voles.

 

Rate this hedge FOUR STAR Deep Hedge Good habitat, some shelter and carbon care. 1 metre at least, so nesting cover for birds.

 

 

                                               A cut above the rest!

FARMERS MUST FLAIL but only between 1 September and 28 February

 

For more information on hedges go to:    www. devonhedges.org

 

The SOUTH HAMS SOCIETY works to protect our beautiful economically valuable South Hams countryside It is grateful for the help of Blackawton School in preparing this page The South Hams the landscape supports our health and well-being by encouraging physical outdoor activity and an antidote to stress. Landscapes can offer aesthetic enjoyment, escapism, tranquillity, and a sense of belonging to an area with a distinct natural and cultural identity. Many landscapes in Devon inspire artists, writers and photographers whose work is enjoyed by all ages.

The landscape is more than just scenery: it is the interaction between people and place; the bedrock upon which our society is built. The European Landscape Convention defines landscape as ‘an area, as perceived by people, whose character is the result of the action and interaction of natural and/or human factors.’

Devon’s landscape underpins our economy, offering a superb natural and cultural environment that sustains agriculture, attracts inward investment, and supports one of the most vibrant tourism industries in the UK.

It supports our health and well-being by encouraging physical outdoor activity and an antidote to stress. Landscapes can offer aesthetic enjoyment, escapism, tranquillity, and a sense of belonging to an area with a distinct natural and cultural identity. Many landscapes in Devon inspire artists, writers and photographers whose work is enjoyed by all ages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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