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RSPB Approved Economy Bird Friendly hedging

Economy Bird Friendly hedge pack
  • From £59.99 (ex VAT)

Our RSPB Economy Bird Friendly hedging packs make a fantastic addition to wildlife gardens as they include a combination of hedge plants specifically chosen for their value to birds, insects and other small animals.

Bare root and cell grown bundles are made up of a mixture of the following 5 species;

Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna)
Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa)
Field Maple (Acer campestre)
Alder (Alnus glutinosa)
Guelder Rose (Viburnum opulus)

As the exclusive retailers of RSPB Bird Friendly hedging, the species in these packs offer food for birds in the form of berries, seeds and sloes, whilst also providing dense foliage that’s perfect for nesting sites. Planting an RSPB approved Economy Bird Friendly hedging pack will create a thriving biodiversity in your garden, attracting a variety of insects that are an additional food source for the birds visiting your hedge. Not only are these mixed hedges ideal to help the birds in your garden, but they also provide masses of seasonal interest with beautiful summer flowers and rich autumn colours decorating the hedge.

Developed under licence from RSPB Sales Ltd. to raise awareness of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (charity registration England and Wales no. 207076, Scotland no. SC037654). For all licensed products sold by Best4Hedging Ltd, Best4Hedging Ltd will donate £2000 per annum to RSPB Sales Ltd, which gives all its distributable profits through Gift Aid to the RSPB.

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RSPB Approved Economy Bird Friendly hedging Root: Pot Grown Root Type: Cell Grown x 100 Height Now: 20/40cm Mix Base: Hawthorn RSPB Approved Economy Bird Friendly hedging 1+ £99.99 (ex VAT) In stock
Cell Grown x 100 20/40cm Hawthorn Pre-Order | September 2019 5-7 £99.99 (ex VAT)
RSPB Approved Economy Bird Friendly hedging Root: Pot Grown Root Type: Cell Grown x 250 Height Now: 20/40cm Mix Base: Hawthorn RSPB Approved Economy Bird Friendly hedging 1+ £219.99 (ex VAT) In stock
Cell Grown x 250 20/40cm Hawthorn Pre-Order | September 2019 5-7 £219.99 (ex VAT)
RSPB Approved Economy Bird Friendly hedging Root: Pot Grown Root Type: Cell Grown x 50 Height Now: 20/40cm Mix Base: Hawthorn RSPB Approved Economy Bird Friendly hedging 1+ £59.99 (ex VAT) In stock
Cell Grown x 50 20/40cm Hawthorn Pre-Order | September 2019 5-7 £59.99 (ex VAT)
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RSPB approved Economy Bird Friendly Hedging Pack description

  • Best Features: Wildlife friendly, flowers, autumn colour, berries and sloes
  • Ideal For Hedges: 1m-4m high
  • Growth Rate: Average | 20-40cm a year
  • Position: Most normal or moist (not wet) soils, sunny to full shade, sheltered or exposed inland
  • Also Consider: Our other RSPB Bird Friendly Hedging Packs or our top wildlife friendly species such as Hawthorn and Blackthorn

With huge wildlife value and attractive features through every season, our RSPB Economy Bird Friendly packs make a wonderfully diverse garden hedge. A hedge offers huge longevity and will continue to reward you year after year as you enjoy watching the wildlife in your garden make the most of your hedge, once properly established. Working closely with the RSPB Conservation Team, the following hedging species have been chosen for their ability to provide structural diversity; supply of berries; attractiveness to insects on which birds feed, and suitability of nesting sites whilst still maintaining the appealing aesthetics of a classic hedge:

Bare root and cell grown bundles are made up of a mixture of the following 5 species;

Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) - one of the best native hedging plants for British wildlife. 
Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) - a native shrub with autumn sloes, adored by hungry birds. 
Field Maple (Acer campestre) - attracts insects that are a good source of food for birds. 
Alder (Alnus glutinosa) - host to a large number of insect species that are excellent food for nesting birds. 
Guelder Rose (Viburnum Opulus) - seasonal colour provided by red autumn leaves and berries as well as white summer flowers.

Top uses for RSPB Economy Bird Friendly Hedging

Our RSPB hedging packs can make a huge difference to local wildlife, particularly bird populations that have suffered a huge decline in recent years. As well as contributing to the conservation of local wildlife species, our RSPB Bird Friendly packs also make fantastic hedging screens and windbreaks, and look great in both formal gardens or more relaxed settings, left to grow naturally. Mix up the species in your hedge for the best results and avoid planting in single species groups.

Combine RSPB Economy Bird Friendly Hedging Packs with

Add to your Bird Friendly hedge with other native hedging species for additional seasonal interest or grow as a stand-alone hedge to admire the huge variety of nature on your doorstep.

Expected growth rate of RSPB Economy Bird Friendly Hedge Bundles

Our RSPB hedging packs have an average growth rate of 20/40cm a year once established and are ideal for hedges at a height of 1-4m.

Care advice for RSPB Economy Bird Friendly Hedge

We recommend cutting back your Bird-Friendly hedge in the winter and if further pruning is required in summer, make sure you leave the berries on for hungry birds. Remember to always check for nesting birds before carrying out any maintenance. Please view the Best4hedging Care and Planting instructions in our Advice section for more information.

Planting density for Hedging Bundles

We generally recommend that mixed hedging packs like this one should be planted in a double staggered row at 5 or 7 plants per metre (to give good density at the base which is important for wildlife habitat), but you can reduce that density to 3 per metre ins a single row to economise and the plants will still form a good hedge. The rationale for a double staggered row is it provides greater density so is better for security and wildlife.

Our RSPB Economy Bird Friendly hedging packs are available from November as Bare Roots, which can be pre-ordered from mid-summer, and year-round as cell-grown plants. All of our RSPB approved hedging has been grown peat free. You can buy RSPB approved Economy Bird Friendly hedging packs from Best4hedging online with total confidence in the quality of the plants you will receive.


Delivery Cost

  • Orders £60 & over (ex. VAT) to mainland UK are delivered FREE* (Exceptions apply - see below for Scottish Highlands etc)
  • Orders under £60 (ex. VAT) to mainland UK £9.95
  • At an additional cost, we can deliver to Scottish Highlands & Islands, which we classify as including AB (Aberdeen) and DD (Dundee) postcodes, as well as Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Wight and Isle Man. The exact delivery cost is order specific and will need to be quoted by one of our team, so please contact us on 01257 261 243

*For some plants that are too heavy or too tall to be packed in cardboard boxes we use pallet deliveries. In these circumstances, we require a minimum order value of £200 (ex VAT) for free delivery, or you can make a contribution towards the delivery cost. Look out for the information on product pages which explains this further where applicable and if your order is for less than £200 (ex VAT) please call or email us to agree upon a delivery contribution. This requirement only applies to those plants where it is clearly indicated on the product page

Free delivery over £150

Pallet deliveries are always undertaken on an 18-tonne vehicle (similar in size to a standard refuse vehicle). If for any reason you require a smaller vehicle please contact our sales team who can arrange this for you. There will be an additional surcharge applied for small vehicle deliveries

Delivery Timescales

99% of our orders are dispatched within 3-5 working days of receipt and most the day after the order is placed. We can do “next day delivery” on many of our products but please call before placing your order to check.

We can also deliver on a specified date to suit you. Please indicate the date you would like to receive delivery in the notes section of the checkout (or place your order by phone) and we’ll do our utmost to meet that date.

Occasional hiccups can occur (such as broken down vehicles) and although we are very experienced in logistics we cannot be held liable for costs incurred or inconvenience due to late deliveries - see terms and conditions for more information.

You will receive an email or telephone call confirming the dispatch of your order 24/48 hours before it arrives with you.

Exceptions to our quick turnaround timescale

Pre-orders - if you have placed an order that includes products on pre-order, then they will be dispatched to you as soon as they are available. If your order includes pre-order bare roots or root balls you will be notified once they are being dispatched (root balls from mid to late October and bare roots from early to mid-November).

Root balls - lifting root balls involves the use of complex, heavy machinery, this lifting is carried out twice a week in the root ball season so we do still have a prompt turnaround timescale but if your order has just missed one lifting, it will be a few days before we lift again. We are always happy to confirm when we can deliver to you before you order. The benefit of this method of supplying root balls is that they are always fresh and therefore have a higher success rate than root balls that are stored out of the soil.

Weather conditions can affect dispatch - bare root and root ball plants are not lifted if the ground is too cold (it damages the roots) and the delivery of all plants can be affected if the water supply is frozen (because we water all plants before packing). Extremely hot weather can also be challenging and occasionally we hold back orders for species that are particularly vulnerable. We ask our customers to be mindful of bank holidays when couriers are not active.

We'd like to stress that although there are exceptions, the vast majority of our orders are dispatched extremely quickly and we are proud of our logistics developed over many years of delivering plants to tens of thousands of customers.


We inspect plants carefully before dispatch but accept that very occasionally things may go wrong. 
You can return your plants (within 14 days) for a refund or replacement (we’ll help with the process of returning). If your plants arrived damaged then returns are free of charge. However, we ask that you inform us as soon as possible. If you’d like to return your plants because of a change of plan or if we do not agree that the plants are significantly damaged (the loss of a few leaves in transit or a loose pot on arrival, for example, wouldn't be harmful to the plants), then we may ask you to pay the full or partial return costs if you still wanted to return them. We’re very reasonable and always aim for complete satisfaction as demonstrated by our amazing Feefo customer reviews which can be viewed here.

Should you wish to return any products that you have over-bought, no longer require or purchased in error you will incur both a return cost (different charges for pallets and Boxes) and the original cost of delivery incurred by Best4hedging. Please contact the Service team for charges and/or to organise a return. Plants will be subject to a quality control check from our Nursery upon return before any refund is authorised and processed.

Please note that in the case of damaged plants, if you have not notified us of a problem within 14 days of delivery, we consider you to have accepted the plants and Best4Hedging has no further liability for them should they fail.

You can read more about our returns policy in our terms and conditions here.

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