Help build wildlife corridors by one of Britain’s most unusual nature reserves – by taking part in a Hedge Planting Event at our own Foxearth Meadows. The aim will be to plant 500 metres – with nearly 3,000 plants!
By the Essex-Suffolk border, Foxearth Meadows is a recognised haven for dragonflies and damselflies – as featured on BBC’s Countryfile. But the surrounding area has lost many of its hedgerows over the years. So we’re going to reinstate them – with your help.
Hedges were removed from surrounding arable farmland to make larger fields – and many remaining have failed or developed gaps. Now with your assistance, we’ll plant hedges along field and road boundaries leading from Foxearth Meadows. The Hedge Planting Event takes place on 3rd March.
Maps as early as 1896 indicate that hedges were being removed in the local area around Foxearth Meadows. We’ve lost thousands of miles of hedgerows across the UK as a whole. We believe it’s possible to reinstate hedgerows without impinging on farming practices and productivity.
Two local farmers have agreed to the re-planting and also to allow re-generating hedges to remain and grow at the top of roadside banks. ‘Leaving hedges to grow and planting new ones benefits wildlife by providing habitat and wildlife corridors between sites,’ said Reserve Manager Mark Prina.
‘Sections that have been re-growing naturally are currently flailed back each year. I’ve been trying to change this practice as well as seeking to plant new hedges. We want the community to benefit, too – by inviting them to Foxearth Meadows and connecting people with nature.’
Anyone can help at the Hedge Planting Event. It’s an informal ‘come when you want’ event from 10am–3pm. Local churches can take part in a prayer and worship time at 9am. For more details contact Mark Prina – tel 07548 209652 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.