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Hedgerow and boy Hedgerow and boy Photo: © George Tomlinson

England has lost more than 200,000 miles of hedgerow since 1947. Between 1947 and 1985, over 4,300 miles of dry stone walls were lost, with 96% of the remaining walls in need of restoration. This loss and neglect has badly damaged the beauty and biodiversity of our landscape.

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Blossom in the hedgerow near Eynsham Blossom in the hedgerow near Eynsham Photo: © Jane Tomlinson

Hedgerows are vital for the health of the countryside, but are sadly often overlooked. Many of them are thousands of years old. In a landscape increasingly eroded by monocultural farming practices, hedgerows are the pockets of biodiversity the countryside depends on.

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