The landscape elements we define as hedgerow are, most of the time intercon-nectedinto networks. When it comes to analyse hedgerows, or to make decisions on individual hedgerows, the question that arises is'where are the limits?'.
Why "Hedgerow" socks? I live in a small town where privet hedges define nearly every road and property. They rise like soft green walls that hug the contours of roadsides, lawns, and fields.
Basically using a count of the number of hedging shrubs is a rather blunt instrument when it comes to interpreting the history of a hedgerow. This is particularly so as it does not take any account of the ground flora underneath the hedgerow.
This, as the Countryside Agency found, is a locally distinctive type that is easy to define. 16. The Government's view is that a hedgerow's connections with other countryside features do not provide a sufficient reason for classifying it as important.
• A hedgerow that has five or more (four or more in Northern England) woody species on average within a 30m length (Guidance Note XX provides a full list ... The 'node to node' approach To ensure that each length of hedge surveyed is clearly identifiable it is necessary to define the end points (C and D).
Historically, hedges and hedgerow trees Hedges and hedgerow trees define the Devon landscape. R. Wolton The components of a Devon hedge: bank, woody shrubs, hedgerow trees and uncultivated margin. 1 PICTURES AVAILABLE IN PRINTED VERSION ONLY
Most hedges were originally planted to enclose livestock or define boundaries and have existed as long as man has cleared woodland for agriculture.
The Hedgerow Regulations 1997 define 'important' hedgerows as those with seven woody species, or six woody species in a 30m length plus other defined features.
The Hedgerow Regulations, 1997 are designed to define and protect important hedgerows. Article 10 of the EC Habitats Directive 1992, requires member states to encourage the management of linear features.
The height of the hedgerow determines how far this effect goes into the field. Close to the hedgerow, the effect on the crop yield is detrimental (availability of minerals and water is reduced), but the yield increases, due to the wind-breaking properties of the hedgerow, up to a maximum about 10m away ...