Environmental Impact Assessment (Forestry) Regulations
Trees and hedgerows form an essential part of our farmed and historic landscape, and often on a pre-dominantly arable or grassland farm are the main source of biodiversity, not just as habitat in their own right but also in providing a network across the landscape connecting woodlands, wetlands and other habitats. Connectivity is an extremely important element to maintaining biodiversity enabling species, particularly those less mobile and therefore more vulnerable to isolation and extinction, for example, dormice, to navigate, forage and breed within the farmed environment. Consequently focus for funding is always provided for hedgerows and trees in some form.
This funding can be in the form of an annual maintenance payment to reduce hedgerow cutting frequency, providing a supply of spring flowers followed by autumn berries for a wide variety of birds, invertebrates and mammals, on the second year growth. Alternatively funding can encompass restoration, such as coppicing, laying and gapping up of a hedgerow or planting a new one to improve connectivity and also as part of the visual landscape which identifies the land we farm.
Good hedgerow management is therefore an essential element of land management and so consequently we can advise on all aspects of hedgerow work as well as supplying a good quality range of hedgerow plants and trees. Contact the office for a quotation.