Hedges You Can Visit
If you're interested in what you see and you fancy seeing the real thing then below are pictures of hedges and their locations. All the hedges in this section are in public places and easily accessible.
Leighton, near Ironbridge,Shropshire
Part of a 300m stretch of hedge laid along the B4380, half a mile west of the village of Leighton between Ironbridge and Shrewsbury. The central section of this hedge is probably quite ancient. 10 species were laid (hawthorn, blackthorn, hazel, holly, dog rose, dog wood, crab apple, ash, field maple and oak). Hedge laid Autum 2012.
This hedge is in Staffordshire, not Shropshire. Take the A518 from Newport. After about two miles turn right at a crossroads. Continue for about one mile. Soon after a sharp right, and a sharp left bend, the hedge can be found on the right. Hedge laid October 2009
Brompton, near Crosshouses, Shrewsbury
From Crosshouses follow the lane to Upper Brompton (B&B and Cookery School); pass this on your left, and continue until you see the signs “Coton Farm – Private Road” – at this point turn left. The hedge is about 50m along on the left (on the lane to Lower Brompton).
Laid September 2009 for the National Trust (Attingham Estate). Hedge is hawthorn, with blackthorn invading the central section.
Junction 2, M54
You'll find this 260metre-long hedge on the west side of the A449, immediately north of junction 2 of the M54 (Coven Heath, Nr Wolverhampton). The hedge forms the boundary with a large allotment site. The hedge had become very overgrown, taking light from the allotments, and the gaps in the hedge were such that unwelcome visitors could get through. We were asked to make the hedge a people-barrier - hence lots of thorny brush on top of the finished hedge, in places 6feet high. Hedge laid March 2006. Looks very different now!
Attingham Estate, near Atcham, Shrewsbury
This hedge is on the National Trust Attingham Estate (Atcham, Shropshire), on the "old A5" (now the B4380), immediately east of the bridge over the River Tern. This was a special hedge for me to lay, as it was me who had last laid it 15 years previously! The hedge, mainly elm, had been allowed to grow straight back up (no trimming). Back in 1990 I had also planted some blackthorn into gaps, and these were now ripe for laying.
Little Stretton / Minton near Church Stretton
This hedge of about 50 metres is on the lane between Little Stretton and Minton (Nr Church Stretton, Shropshire), just after passing Minton Lane Cottage on your left the hedge is on the right. A very mixed hedge typical of "upland" Shropshire, some very big field maple (trees!) and bits and pieces of hawthorn, hazel, holly and blackthorn.
Much Wenlock, near Ironbridge
Farley Road, Much Wenlock Heading out of Much Wenlock towards Ironbridge, this length of hazel hedge is found on the right, just after the William Brookes School and two houses, and at the entrance to Windmill Hill. The hedge was laid in March 2005. Photograph taken Spring 2005. Click here to see Google Map of Farley Road, Much Wenlock
Buildwas, near Ironbridge
This hedge was laid in 2006, so it doesn’t look anything like this now! If you do take a close look at the hedge today, you will see how well the hedge has responded to the laying.
Click here to see Google Map of Buildwas hedgelaying location.
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