Author Archives: Janet Kent

Hedge plants available NOW


In the winter months, when plants are dormant, it is time to fill in any gaps in your hedge or indeed plant a new hedge.

Hedges are a wonderful habitat for birds, small mammals and insects. And they look great too! If you want one that will keep its leaves through the winter, plant either Beech or Hornbeam as although they are not evergreen they keep most of their leaves throughout the winter and only shed them in Spring when the new ones are about to appear.


Beech hedge in November

Flower-friendly farms ‘boost bee populations’


An article written by Helen Briggs – BBC Environment Correspondent – says that “Planting farmland with strips of flowers can boost the number of wild bumblebees, a study has confirmed.”  This message bears repeating again and again – action needs to be taken, not least because bees play an essential role in the pollination of our crops.

Recent studies have shown that 1 in 10 wild bees faces extinction in Europe.  The European Red List, drawn up by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, found 9.2% of nearly 2,000 species are threatened with extinction.

Another 5% are likely to be threatened in the near future.

Threats include loss of habitat from intensive farming, pesticide use, urban development and climate change.