Dating hedgerows

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There are also species of shrubs and herbs that are characteristic of old hedges or woodland, such as Spindle () along with a wide range of herbaceous species growing in and around the base.

This mix of species provides a source of nectar and pollen from early spring until well into winter, supporting a wide and varied range of insects.

The tree species used for the hedging may also relate to the history of the garden.

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More detail on the regulations and their use is given in ‘Over the Garden Hedge’.

A single species hedge is likely to be less than 100 years old whilst a 1,000 year old hedge is likely to contain ten to twelve species. Hedges may have been planted with a mixture of species and there is geographical variation.

In upland areas and the north of England hedge species are less diverse.

Very old, over-mature hedges or overgrown hedges can be rejuvenated or restored.

The Royal Horticultural Society provides advice about planting, maintaining and renovating garden hedges.

Statutory regulations were introduced under the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 Part 8, to address the problem of neighbourly disputes over the height of boundary hedges.

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