The Jubilee Hedge

A new hedgerow, 'The Jubilee Hedge', was planted along the border of the meadow nearest to Plants Brook by a group of Friends during the workdays from December 2002 to March 2003. Despite difficult ground and weather conditions, and a temporary flood along part of the hedgerow, all the plants were set in before the start of the new growth. Over 250 plants, provided by the Trustees or grown by the Friends, were used to create the hedge. About half are Hawthorn, with the remainder made up of a random mixture of Blackthorn, Dog Rose, Guelder Rose, Field Maple and Holly, all plants common in British hedgerows.

Botanical names of the plants in the Jubilee Hedge
Hawthorn Crataegus monogyna Jacq.
Blackthorn Prunus spinosa L.
Dog Rose Rosa canina agg.
Guelder Rose Viburnum opulus L.
Field Maple Acer campestre L.
Holly Ilex aquifolium L.

Most plants survived, some species better than others, Holly being the exception with the greatest loss. This could have been caused by the damp soil conditions not being ideal for the species. It has now grown into a tall hedgerow, a valuable new wildlife habitat at New Hall Mill. Except for a small amount of necessary management, it has been left to grow naturally.

Top photograph: June 2003, bottom photograph: June 2013