Obtain specialist advice. Old hedges may need a variety of management techniques.
Plant up gaps with shrubs and trees native to your local area. The Woodland Trust’s list of native species will be helpful. Also remember to consult local sources of information such as Local Biodiversity Action Plans and your local Wildlife Trust.
Consider laying or coppicing to increase the density of your hedge. This is often the best way to restore a hedgerow. It is best to coppice a very old or neglected hedge. It causes the hedge less stress than laying.
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