Urban hedgerows.

With the spread of urban developments there are occasions when the hedgerows surrounding and within the developed land are retained. I some case they form the garden boundaries of the houses or divisions across an industrial estate (See Wright and Rotherham (2013)).

It is important in urban planning and to assess and retain urban biodiversity and to:

  1. Identify and respect any former agricultural hedgerows entrapped by development - and their associated biodiversity.

  2. Avoid incorporating agricultural hedgerows within the curtilage of domestic dwelling that removes any protection they may have had under the Hedgerows Regulations 1997.

  3. Promote developers planting native species hedgerows in their developments

  4. Encourage planners and developers to incorporate a hedgerow network in their plans and provide space for the hedgerows so that they are free-standing and able to be maintained, i.e., a hedgerow running through an estate has paths and verges either side to allow residents to walk and cycle alongside a native and species-rich hedgerow.

  5. Build estates and developments within existing agricultural hedgerows (as was done for a development I was involved with in south Wales where they built within the hedgerows already present and had a 20m standoff as well as suggested at 3 above)

  6. Partly replicate the agricultural hedgerows by creating a new network similar to existing and using species mixes that reflect the lost stock of hedgerows.

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