A new hedgerow, 'The Jubilee Hedge', was planted along the border
of the meadow nearest to Plants Brook by a group of Friends during
the workdays from December 2002 to March 2003. Despite difficult
ground and weather conditions, and a temporary flood along part
of the hedgerow, all the plants were set in before the start of
the new growth. Over 250 plants, provided by the Trustees or grown
by the Friends, were used to create the hedge. About half are Hawthorn,
with the remainder made up of a random mixture of Blackthorn, Dog
Rose, Guelder Rose, Field Maple and Holly, all plants common in
|Botanical names of the plants in the
||Crataegus monogyna Jacq.
||Prunus spinosa L.
||Rosa canina agg.
||Viburnum opulus L.
||Acer campestre L.
||Ilex aquifolium L.
Most plants survived, some species better than others, Holly
being the exception with the greatest loss. This could have been
caused by the damp soil conditions not being ideal for the species.
It has now grown into a tall hedgerow, a valuable new wildlife
habitat at New Hall Mill. Except for a small amount of necessary
management, it has been left to grow naturally.
Top photograph: June 2003, bottom photograph: June 2013