10th March 2018
Thanks to some 25 volunteers who braved the doubtful weather forecast (which as usual came to nothing!) we planted 500 mixed native hedging plants in Fraudings Marsh alongside the new fence line. We would like to thank all those who came along to help plant the hedging. People came from all over, including one lady all the way from France!
The hedges planted were as follows:-
Wildlife Friendly Mixed Hedging Pack consists mainly (50%) of Crataegus monogyna (Hawthorn) but also includes a mix of Prunus spinosa (Blackthorn), Corylus avellana (Hazel), Cornus sanguinea(Common Dogwood), Acer campestre (Field Maple) and Malus sylvestris(Crab Apple) (10% of each). This hedging mix is made to reflect rural hedging. It is suitable for all soil types and positions.
Crataegus monogyna (Hawthorn):Small, fast-growing, deciduous tree with glossy dark green leaves, flat clusters of scented white flowers, and glossy red haws. (Please Note: Fruit may cause mild stomach upset if ingested)
Prunus spinosa (Blackthorn): A prickly native thorny hedge which produces masses of tiny snow white flowers in March on bare branches, with dark green oval leaves and purple sloe berries in autumn.
Corylus avellana (Hazel): Fast-growing, medium-sized tree with large green leaves, long yellow catkins and edible 'Hazelnuts'
Cornus sanguinea (Common Dogwood): Distinctive red stems with broad, ovate variegated leaves, small white flowers and black 'Dogberries'
Acer campestre (Field Maple): Fast-growing, deciduous tree, with leaves developing from red to green to buttery-yellow, small green flowers and winged seeds
Malus sylvestris (Crab Apple): Small, native,deciduous tree with cup-shaped pale pink flowers in spring. and fleshy, yellow-green, apple-like fruits tinged with red in autumn.