Hedgerows have been used to define field, farm, parish and even county boundaries and they are a very ancient and important part of our heritage.
They were also used as livestock enclosures and thus needed to be stockproof. This is why many of our hedgerows contain thorn species such as Hawthorn (Whitethorn), Blackthorn, Holly, Dog Rose, Bramble and Gorse (Furze). Hedgerows create shelter from rain and sun for livestock as well as a very important habitat for a wide range of plant and animal species.
The electric fence has now replaced these and is being used to reinforce stockproof hedging on many farms.
The BRIDE Project hedgerow mix introduces several other native and less widely used species such as Guelder Rose, Spindle, Hazel, Buckthorn, Alder Buckthorn and Bird Cherry to enhance the biodiversity value of this new approach to hedgerow creation.