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Re: Flowering / Fruiting Hedgerows

Subject: Re: Flowering / Fruiting Hedgerows
From: John Hearne
Date: Oct 10 2019 13:42:40
Jonathan - I think Hawthorn flowers on two year old shoots. Drives me mad
that a local farmer cuts a long Hawthorn hedge every two years.



On Fri, Oct 4, 2019 at 10:01 AM Antony Wood_Yew Tree <
info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.co.uk> wrote:

Hi Jonathan.

The guidance on stewardship / environmental payments gives some numbers if
it helps

https://www.gov.uk/countryside-stewardship-grants/management-of-hedgerows-be3#managing-the-hedges

''.....Increases the availability of blossom for invertebrates. By
allowing fruit and berries to ripen it provides food for overwintering
birds. It will also improve the structure and longevity of hedgerows.

If successful there will be:

taller and wider hedges, with gaps forming less than 10% of the hedge
length
a mix of hedges of different heights and width across the farm
production of 2 to 4 times the weight of berries when compared with hedges
cut every year
an increase in the blossom available to insect pollinators
dense cover, which is important for successful breeding for a variety of
wildlife
an improvement in overall hedge condition to maintain them as distinctive
and historic landscape features
Requirements
maintain a hedge at least 2m tall and 1.5m wide by year 2, except for
sections gapped up, laid or coppiced during the agreement term
cut hedgerows:
either no more than 1 year in 3 between 1 September and 28 February -
leave at least two-thirds of hedges untrimmed each year
or no more than 1 year in 2 between 1 January and 28 February - leave at
least one-half of hedges untrimmed each year
gap up any length of hedge with more than 10% gaps within the first 2
years...''


Antony


Antony Wood


Sent: Friday, October 04, 2019 9:09 AM
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: Flowering / Fruiting Hedgerows

I kind of think I should know this, but hey.



In the interests of conservation, can anyone confirm how long an
established
hedge (particularly Hawthorn and Blackthorn) has to remain uncut /
unflailed
before it produces flower and fruit again?



Cheers,



J



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