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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.

CPRE is committed to protecting hedgerows and dry stone walls – features which give beauty and character to our landscape and are valuable corridors for wildlife.

Hedgerows are vital and wild pockets of biodiversity and provide habitats for pollinating insects and birds, a vital component in the health of our farming practice and food production.

Their patterns stitch the characteristic patchwork quilt over the countryside and they are intimately connected with our history and ancestors. We have long campaigned for better protection for hedgerows, and continue to do so.



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