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A New Hedge for Bit End Field

A community project for all ages.

The wooden fence between Fisherwick Road and Bit End Field has deteriorated over many years, but at the same time it has become a green corridor and a haven for wild life. It would be a travesty of nature to rip it out and replace it with a bland fence. So your Parish Council intends to plant whips of bird-friendly native hedging shrubs on the inside of the fence in the gaps between the trees to improve this haven using biodegradable tree guards and mulch matting.

It’s very easy to create a hedge; the whips are ordered, the ground is soft and all we need is lots of help. Once the whips are delivered later this year or early next year then we would like as many as possible in our community to join us on two or three Saturday mornings to lay the matting and plant the whips. It’s not difficult or strenuous and we will provide demonstrations about the way to do it. We will have about 800 whips to plant, and with plenty of support that can be done easily in one morning. We will meet on the field at 9.30-10.00am for a couple of hours.

The only equipment needed is narrow spades/long trowels and wellies.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Councillor Jonathan Smith.

Ps. We are fortunate to have obtained a grant of £1350 from the Tree Council’s ‘Close the Gap’ fund to assist with the costs with additional funding from the Parish Council.