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Hedges and Hedgehogs – Be a Hedgehog Hero

hedgehogs and hedges

It’s Hedgehog Awareness Week from 30 April to 6 May 2017, an annual event where the Hedgehog is celebrated, encouraged and heralded.  Our hedgehog community is dwindling and as a supplier of trees and hedging – the perfect habitat and shelter space for our prickly friends – we want to get behind the cause and shout about hedgehogs, too!

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Reducing flood risk by planting trees: Rewilding

There are two main reasons for flooding: heavy rainfall and how land and rivers react to heavy rainfall.   Improving soil structure and drainage through planting and cultivation provides a long-term deterrent to flooding.  Tree cover greatly increases the rate at which rainfall is absorbed by the soil, soaking it up quicker and slowing down the rate by which it flows across the ground, reducing standing water and backflow into rivers.

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Get out there and PLANT! National Gardening Week 10-16 April 2017

Go on – get outside! That’s part of the rousing call that will be heard across the UK as we support National Gardening Week, and RHS campaign to raise awareness of the diversity, richness and cultural value of the UK’s gardens.  The campaign aims to inspire new visitors  – and especially children – to experience and enjoy gardens, gardening, planting and the great outdoors.

Hundreds of events will be held during the week at gardens, museums, community groups and parks across the UK.

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Wind resistant plants and living windbreaks

Wind resistant hedging and trees

If you’ve an exposed garden pocket or a blustery corridor in your landscape, you’ll know the problems wind can cause.  You could erect a costly fenced structure or semi-permeable artificial screen and limit the problem.  OR….you could choose a fully permeable, cost-effective, eye-pleasing alternative – a living windbreak made from wind-resistant trees and hedging.

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Planting Woodland in 3 steps: Plan, Plant and Aftercare

woodland planting

If you’re creating an amenity landscape feature or a new habitat for wildlife, you have to agree – wood, is good.  A woodland, once established, can create a screen to mask any eyesore, building or neighbour.  It can link land or other wooded areas; it can provide shelter and a windbreak to increase crop productivity.  That’s before you even consider the longer term goal of timber production.

You have your reasons to plant.  Decision is made.  Now what?  You have to plan, plant and make sure you consider aftercare.  Here’s how.