What is a Hedge?

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What is a Hedge?

A hedge is normally made up of various plants, bushes and trees. If a hedge has a good mix of plants, then it will attract a range of wildlife and insects. It will provide food and shelter for birds and other wildlife and they can improve your interest in the countryside.

Hedges are a valuable resource in the Irish countryside. In many European countries, hedges have all but disappeared, impacting on wildlife. Irish hedges are unique, making the countryside attractive for tourists.

Hedges are a cost effective way of providing boundaries to fields and other properties, they are in effect a living fence. Hedges should not be overcut, and require to be laid or cut every 5 year so as to encourage an optimum A shape, with thick cover at the bottom..

Use the links at the top of this page to find out about the plants that are commonly found in Irish hedgerows.

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