Hedges are a fantastic way to not only fill your garden with colour, fragrance, texture and seasonal interest but they can also offer a multitude of benefits for wildlife. Birds, insects and other small animals can find food, shelter and nesting sites in the dense foliage of a hedge, and choosing hedging species that are recognised for their ability to meet these needs is a great way to make a positive contribution to your local wildlife.
After working closely with the RSPB Conservation team, we have put together several Bird Friendly Hedging Bundles that are available exclusively from Best4hedging. Although not a quick fix, the variety of hedging plants in each pack accommodates a wide range of bird species, turning your garden into a valuable habitat and, as all of our RSPB bird-friendly hedging is grown peat free, you can rest assured that there will be no damage caused to the environment.
You can choose from three different RSPB Bird Friendly Bundles, each offering something different for your garden. All of the hedging plants included in these packs hold huge ornamental value and offer the characteristics of a traditional hedge as well as being extremely beneficial to wildlife, so there’s no compromise on attractiveness or functionality – they make a great all-round hedging feature.
Some people believe that by choosing hedge plants that are beneficial to wildlife, you have to forfeit the aesthetic value and functionality of your garden. However, this simply isn’t true. Gardening for wildlife is a way to share your garden with nature and no matter what size your space is, you can do something to help the bird, insect and animal species that visit and live in gardens. Creating a wildlife-friendly garden is not only a great way to help birds and wildlife that have already suffered a decline in population numbers, such as the House Sparrow, but it also helps to prevent other species from joining the red list.
Choosing an RSPB approved Bird Friendly Hedge allows you to plant a variety of species in a small space, which means you can accommodate a range of different wildlife even if the size of your garden is limited. Our Bird Friendly Hedging offers flowers that provide nectar and pollen for bees; foliage that feeds moth caterpillars and other insects (which birds then feed on); dense, thorny branches where birds such as thrushes can nest and an abundance of berries and seeds that are eaten by various bird species. By creating this huge biodiversity, you will be rewarded with the opportunity to watch all the different creatures enjoying your hedge and you can be happy knowing that you are doing what you can to help the conservation of local wildlife.
Planting a hedgerow tree is another great way to increase the structural diversity of your garden, so here's an easy-to-follow guide to growing a specimen into a tree -
1. Firstly, make sure you plant your specimen at least 10m away from your house (and your neighbours).
2. It’s possible to grow a hedgerow tree every 3-5m length of hedge, however, this can vary depending on the length of your hedge.
3. Next, remove side branches to encourage rapid upward growth.
4. Finally, once it reaches the height at which you want it to form a crown (2cm +/-), cut the leading shoot to encourage it to bush out.
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.
Find out more about our partnership with the RSPB here.