A girl picking berries from an overgrown hedgerow

England’s hedgerows offer a valuable habitat for wildlife, amongst many other benefits, and we’re working to protect them and create more.

Hedgerows are the vital stitching in the patchwork of our countryside. Not only are they beautiful, with shifting seasonal colours, but they also benefit wildlife and the wider environment. They store carbon and help slow climate change.

Unfortunately, the current National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) makes no mention of hedgerows. In Penkridge, nearly 300 metres of mature hedgerow is being removed to facilitate access for a greenfield development that we objected to.

We think hedgerows need protecting, and support the Climate Change Committee’s call for a 40% increase in the extent of hedgerows by 2050 to help address the climate emergency.

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