Hedgerow Species #10 - Dogwood

Often overshadowed by its neighbours in summer, dogwood comes into its own in the depths of winter when a splash of vibrant red is a welcome sight during the cold months. Click here to find out more about this hedgerow species... Read more

Hedgerow Species #9 - Holly

The Christmas season is upon us and what plant most evokes the aesthetics of this festive season, well it must be Holly of course! Holly is a genus of about 480 species of flowering plants in the Aquifoliaceae family, but here we will be looking at the IIex auifolium species. Click here to find out more about this hedgerow species... Read more

Hedgerow Species #8 - Ivy

Ivy (Hedera helix) is a dominate species within our countryside and can be found growing in hedgerows, woodland, scrub and on walls and trees. There are two native subspecies of ivy in the UK. Click here to find out more about this hedgerow species... Read more

Hedgerow Species #7 - Old Man's Beard

Also known as travellers joy, old man’s beard is surprisingly a member of the buttercup family (Clematis vitalba). It is common in the south of the country but has spread to many areas. Click here to find out more about this hedgerow species... Read more

Hedgerow Species #6 - Spindle

Spindle is a deciduous native tree that can grow to 9m and can live for more than 100 years. The bark and twigs are distinctively deep green and stand out in a winter hedgerow against the duller colours of other species. Click here to find out more about this hedgerow species... Read more

Hedgerow Species #5 - Hazel

Hazel can be found in many of our woods and hedgerows in the south west. Coppicing well and easily worked, hazel has long been a corner stone of British agriculture. Click here to find out more about this hedgerow species... Read more

Hedgerow Species #4 - Field Maple

The field maple (Acer Campestre) is our only native maple. It has distinctive glossy, dark green, five lobed leaves with rounded points. Click here to find out more about this hedgerow species... Read more

Hedgerow Species #3 - Dog Rose

The native dog rose (Rosa canina) is a familiar sight in our hedgerows, with its pale pink and white flowers, usually blooming from May through to August, providing a source of nectar for bees and beetles. Click here to find out more about this hedgerow species... Read more

Hedgerow Species #2 - Hawthorn

Hawthorn trees can typically live up to 250 years, however, one of the oldest specimens found in Nolfolk named “The Hethel Old Thorn”, is reputed to be over 700 years old. Click here to find out more about this hedgerow species... Read more

Hedgerow Species #1 - Dog’s Mercury

Dog’s Mercury (Mercurialis perennis) is commonly found in the shaded understory of hedges and on hedge banks. Click here to find out more about this hedgerow species... Read more

The Year of the Hedgerow - Celebrating Somerset’s Hedges

Hedgerows are an iconic part of Somerset’s landscapes, whether standing on Exmoor, the Blackdown Hills, or on the lower reaches of the vales. Read more