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Bare Root Hedging

Planting mixed native hedging is an essential part of creating a varied species rich habitat, not only in the countryside but also in gardens, even if only a few plants can be accomodated. By providing shelter for animals and roosting birds, nesting sites plus food in the form of nectar and berries we can all do a bit towards helping maintain a healthy wildlife population.

Recommended planting distance is a double staggered row with 4 to 5 plants per metre.

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Acer campestre

Acer campestre£1.80

Our native tree is a common sight in hedgerows as a tree or a hedge. Excellent plant for birds who seem to find food in the bark & under the leaves. If pruned as a hedge, do this in early winter. Good autumn colour. Good for heavy alkaline soil.

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Carpinus betulus£1.90

Hornbeam

Our native Hornbeam has green oval leaves which are retained though the winter. Green catkins appear from late spring to autumn. Will tolerate shade and heavy moist soils and makes a good windbreaking hedge. Commonly used in formal gardens in the form of pleached hedges. Good for wildlife.

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Corylus avellana£1.80

Hazel

Native shrub or tree with yellow male catkins in early spring and edible nuts in autumn. Can be grown on its own or as part of a hedge. Good for attracting wildlife. Does well on chalky or sandy soil. Can be coppiced in Feb-March every 3-4 years.

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Fagus sylvatica 'Atropurpurea Group'£4.50

Slightly slower growing form of Beech. Deep purple leaves turn brown & die in autumn, but stay on the plant until new growth in spring pushes them off.

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Fagus sylvatica (collect from Nursery)£2.00

Beech

Native shrub or tree with green leaves which dry and turn copper and in autumn and hold on the plant over winter. Makes an excellent hedge. Grow in well drained soil in sun to part shade. Trim lightly in late winter before new leaves emerge.

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Rhamnus frangula£2.50

Alder Buckthorn

A large deciduous shrub or small tree with spiny branches; yellowish-green flowers are followed by bunches of shining red fruits that mature to black. Like the Alder Buckthorn (Alnus Frangula, q.v.) the flowers attract Brimstone butterflies and their caterpillars feed on the leaves. Plant a few of these and help halt the decline of this beautiful butterfly. Sun/part-shade and well-drained soil. Tolerant of chalky soil. 4 metres (12 feet) plus.

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