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Hi we have just moved into a bungalow and had the 30+ 20 foot high conifers chopped down and roots dug out! we are wanting to plant a wildlife friendly hedge in its place. Can anyone advise on must have species and how many we wluld need to make a 25 metre length hedge. It would be growing up against an 8 metre wooden fence in a very sunny position. Would bare rooted plants be most ecnomical? Where could I order them from? Thanks


  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,854

    A lot of my natives came from here. They sell mixes in the right proportions and are good at instructions. Go bare root in winter for cheapness and reliable establishing

  • GWRSGWRS Posts: 8,129

    Hello , I have a hedge of Hawthorns which is full of sparrows , robins and blackbirds also get lots of other birds 

    these where planted by the Builder as a condition of planning , personally I would have mixed them up a bit , your Local Council might have a list of native plants suitable for your area 

    my only advise is put some compost in the soil and water for the first year

    best of luck image

  • GardenmaidenGardenmaiden Posts: 1,126

    My hedge is hawthorn on the right, Part conifer on the left and beech/hornbeam at the bottom, but its the hawthorn and conifer that have the birdlife.

  • KayteKayte Posts: 11
    Thanks for all the ideas, nutcutlet the website was great for how many and varieties. I ll be checking our budget carefully! Though as usual some garden friends have already supplied some hazel , holly and rose they had growing in excess in their gardens.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,854

    Look around and you'll probably find hawthorn seedlings in someone's gardenimage

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 49,041

    Hi Kayte - most of the online hedging companies do a wildlife or native hedge mix. It's really inexpensive. They'll all have their lists ready just now for autumn/winter delivery, which gives you time to get your ground ready, and that's well worth doing. I got blackthorn last November and it's looking good already- really established. I used Hopes Grove nursery and find them very reliable - I'd used them in the past. image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • FoxBatFoxBat Posts: 9
    Kayte wrote (see)
    Hi we have just moved into a bungalow and had the 30+ 20 foot high conifers chopped down and roots dug out!

    Wow, I hope you got them to leave the wood to store as firewood! Our neighbours over the road had all their trees thinned a couple of years ago and left me the big bits, I got about 12 wheelie bins full which lasted a good couple of years. image

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