Our hedgerow campaign: 40 by 50

23rd July 2021

#40by50: we’re calling on the government to commit to extending the hedgerow network by 40% by 2050.

Our humble hedgerows are the unsung heroes of the countryside. They’ve been adding beauty and character to our landscapes for centuries, while providing the food and shelter that sustains our wildlife. They protect the soil, clean the air and absorb carbon emissions.

But we’ve lost around half since 1945. Now, as we face up to the climate emergency, we need urgently need to start reversing that decline – and allow our hedgerows to play their most important role yet.

‘The government seems to have forgotten our hedgerows.’

That’s why we’ve launched our #40by50 campaign, calling on ministers to commit to extending the hedgerow network by 40% by 2050, as recommended by the independent Climate Change Committee.

This will mean adding over 4,000 miles of new and restored hedgerows per year – starting now. There’s simply no time to lose.

Will you support our #40by50 campaign, calling on the government to commit to extending the hedgerow network by 40% by 2050?

Sign the petition now

Counting hedgerow species on a CPRE farm walk
Counting hedgerow species on a CPRE farm walk - Becca Nelson
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