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Hedge Planting Campaign

The National Trust for Jersey and The Jersey Royal Company have joined forces to plant hedgerow corridors throughout the Island.

Over 10 miles of hedgerow has been planted to date. The Trust has secured funding from the Countryside Enhancement Scheme, The Roy Overland Charitable Trust, and a generous private benefactor and over £12,000 has been raised by the general public.

The aim of this major landscape restoration project is to plant 30 miles (45km) of native species hedgerows. To date over 10 miles has been planted between St Catherine’s Woods and Jersey Zoo involving a total of 20,000 whip sized plants. Standard trees have also been included. Biodegradable spiral guards are also being used to protect the plants from rabbits which will be harmlessly absorbed into the soil after 4 or 5 years.

Over 30 species of birds in the island rely on hedges for nesting and the RSPB reports that hedgerows support up to 80% of woodland birds, 50% of mammals and up to 30% of butterfly species. Hedgerows near ditches and streams also provide valuable habitat for amphibians.  In terms of mitigating climate change, a well-managed 100m length of mature hedgerow has the potential to sequester or store up to 120kg of Co2 per year, contributing to the Island’s aim of becoming carbon neutral within the next 10 years.

Jersey’s rural landscape consists of small fields bordered by hedgerows but in some cases, these borders have been lost over time and the project will create valuable wildlife corridors, shelter belts and landscape enhancement through joined up and re-instated hedgerows.

2021 sees the work resume with another 4,500 hedging whips being planted. A fund has been kept separate from donations by the National Trust’s Members as well as the general public. People are still being invited to help the Trust’s campaign to care for countryside by donating £5.00 per metre of planting, details of which can be found on the Trust’s website.

Another initiative that will be carried out in the New Year is to carry out replacement planting for hedging plants and trees that did not survive the summer. The Trust has committed to care for the newly planted whips for at least 2 years as maintenance is vital to ensure the success of the planting.

To find out more about volunteer opportunities as part of the Hedge Planting scheme, please contact the Trust Office by telephoning on 01534 483193, or by email at Conrad.Evans@nationaltrust.je.

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To find out more about volunteer opportunities as part of the Hedge Planting scheme, please contact the Trust Office by telephoning on 01534 483193, or by email at Conrad.Evans@nationaltrust.je.

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