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England’s hedgerows offer a valuable habitat for wildlife, amongst many other benefits, and we’re working to protect them and create more.

Hedgerows are the vital stitching in the patchwork of our countryside. Not only are they beautiful, with shifting seasonal colours, but they also benefit wildlife and the wider environment. They store carbon and help slow climate change.

We think they need protecting, and support the Climate Change Committee’s call for a 40% increase in the extent of hedgerows by 2050 to help address the climate emergency.

Want to know more about what’s in a Cheshire hedgerow? Watch our video below, where Botanist Dr. Hilary Ash, Hon. Conservation Officer for Wirral Wildlife, talks about the different woody species making up an ancient hedgerow on Claremont Farm, Bebington.