The Anglo-Saxon word for enclosure was ‘haeg’ or gehaeg’ and this is were we get the word ‘hedge’.

Ideas for Hedge Study

Adopt an interesting hedge. Identify the species of shrubs and trees in it. Estimate its age.

Try to study your hedge throughout the year making a note of all the plants that appear in every season.

Make a note of every animal that you find in the hedge. Which are living in it and which are just passing through or using it only for food? Make up some food chains or a food web for your hedgerow community.

Are there any ways in which you could improve your hedge to make it even more interesting for wildlife?

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