Hedge management is a vital part of maintaining the High Weald's unique character. An integral part of the landscape, High Weald hedges are often historic and provide habitats for a wide range of wildlife.
While hedge management is an important land management activity, some of the methods - such as coppicing or hedge laying - can appear damaging or destructive to the untrained eye. Many hedges run along public rights of way, providing an excellent opportunity to educate the general public on these traditional countryside skills.
With this in mind, we have produced a hedge management information board for landowners across the High Weald to display near any works taking place on their land (see below). The board is designed to inform passers-by of the nature of the work being carried and why it is important for the conservation of the landscape, along with illustrations of different types of hedges.
Hedges in the High Weald