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04/09/2019

September Gardening Advice 2019

September means the change in seasons and therefore a change in the garden is needed! With forecasts for more heavy rain fall, we may be grabbing our rain coats a lot more often. However don’t let the rain keep you from your gardens, with the upcoming bare root and root ball season fastly approaching, now is the time to be preparing your gardens for the Autumn ahead. It’s time to plan ahead! You can now pre-order cost effective bare roots and impacting root balls to ensure you get priority of... Read More

13/03/2019

How To Create A Bird Friendly Garden

Our natural landscapes are continuously changing, and as we constantly endure the loss of more and more natural spaces to urbanisation. The difference you can make to local bird populations, simply by creating a bird-friendly garden, is huge. It’s not only beneficial to the birds – the enjoyment you will get from identifying the various new species that begin to visit your garden, is a reward in itself. The RSPB has recognised the following decline in bird species as documented by The Common Bird Census between 1970 and 1999: • Tree sparrow... Read More

09/02/2018

We Love Wildlife

Hedging has many properties that benefit local wildlife and this is more evident than ever in recent studies showing that hedgehog numbers have plummeted by half in the UK countryside since 2000. This is due to a number of reasons but one of them is from the loss of hedgerows and the continual urban sprawl. People are using fence panels instead of hedges for privacy, not only is this more expensive than planting a hedge, it isn’t as good looking either! Hedging is a wonderful source of food for wildlife... Read More

10/11/2017

Protecting Our Wildlife- What You Can Do

It’s unsettling to hear in the news lately of a number birds of prey being illegally shot, poisoned and trapped across the country. Studies have been ongoing for a number of years and the figure of  incidents of birds being killed illegally is reaching almost 500. “The RSPB is calling for more to be done to protect birds of prey. Latest figures by the wildlife society show that there were 39 incidents off illegal bird killings in the South last year, with Kent and Hampshire being the second most affected areas.”... Read More

01/02/2017

RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch

Over the weekend, thousands of people across Britain will have set up watch in the hope to count as many garden birds as possible for the RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch. The annual survey asks members of the public to allocate an hour of their day counting birds in their garden or local parks. Last year, about 519,000 people participated and counted 8.2 million birds. As this year’s survey included an extra day, the RSPB are hoping for an even bigger result! Unfortunately, the North West saw a serious downfall... Read More

13/12/2016

Planting for Wildlife – Our Collaboration with Denham Estate

Recently, best4hedging provided Denham Estate in Suffolk with a range of wildlife friendly bare root plants for a project in which they aimed to create a habitat of nest sites, flowers, berries and shelter for a range of British wildlife. Matt Driver from Denham Estate was more than happy to share his reasons for choosing our Ultimate Bird Friendly Hedging Bundle, his planting process and a fantastic selection of pictures. He said “At the Denham Estate we pride ourselves on putting an emphasis on conservation work, alongside the farming operations,... Read More

10/10/2016

#best4birdcompetition in pictures

We had some fantastic entries in our latest photo competition. The winner would receive an brand new RSPB seeder feeder to hang for our feathered friends in your garden. It was a very tough decision but the winner is (drum role please)… This perfectly timed photo of a redwing posing with its mouth full of berries Caption: Red wing with a sense of humour. We asked for some pictures of birds in your garden and you guys certainly delivered. Here are all of the entries.. Caption: Quick while she’s not... Read More

13/09/2016

10 reasons to choose Western Red Cedar

One of best4hedging’s top ten best-selling species, Western Red Cedar, also known as Thuja plicata, is a popular conifer hedge plant which displays incredible shades of mid to dark green. This fantastic species has an abundance of uses in a garden and is a popular alternative to the famous Leylandii. Here are our 10 reasons to choose Western Red Cedar: It has a dense, bushy habit which can be utilised for an effective privacy screen, windbreak & noise reducing feature. Its evergreen foliage means its attractive colour will be present... Read More

01/08/2016

10 Reasons to choose Hornbeam hedging

Hornbeam is a native species favoured for its attractive foliage and ability to withstand an abundance of hindering planting sites. Also known by its Latin name Carpinus betulus, this popular hedging plant is often mistaken for Beech (fagus sylvatica) as they have a similar appearance but can be distinguished by its leaves which have deeper veins. We’ve compiled a list of ten reasons to choose this fantastic hedge plant.   It’s benefits and multitude of uses have been acknowledged by the Royal Horticultural Society and has been awarded their esteemed Award... Read More

06/04/2016

10 reasons to choose Pyracantha

Pyracantha hedging, also known as ‘Firethorn’ – The Greek name for ‘pyr’ being fire and ‘akanthos’ meaning thorn, is a genus of thorny evergreen shrubs in the family Rosaceae and is one of our most popular hedges with berries. I’m sure you can guess that with a name like that, it’s an exciting addition to any garden design as it’s can bring a garden to life with its fiery colours. Want to find out more? Here’s our ten reasons to choose Pyracantha: Its spiky nature makes it the perfect intruder barrier as its branches... Read More