We have started an initiative called the ‘The Great British Hedge’ this month (September, 2015) to promote the benefits of the British hedge to the horticultural retail and amenity and landscaping sectors.
Adam Dunnett, our Sales and Marketing Director, said: “Hedges are natures fences – natural boundary markers, privacy givers and security providers. Not only do they work for us, they also make a living corridor for birds and animals, offering nesting and food throughout the year.
“Hedges have been used as field boundaries in England since the times of the Romans and we feel Britain and its patchwork of hedges are iconic. We want to see them continue to flourish.
“There are many benefits to hedges for example walls or a fence will only divert wind, whereas a hedge filters and calms it, improving air circulation and forming sheltered microclimates for other plants to grow. Hedges can also be planted for sound proofing and to absorb air pollution. They are ideal for use near busy roads or in industrial areas.
“The best hedges are planned. Knowing what to plant and where to put it can make a significant difference to the initial impact as well as the desired long-term appearance.”
Wyevale Nurseries say whatever the circumstances, be it a hedge in rural land, a town house or rooftop garden, there are options which will provide the best result. People need to choose the right plant, for the right place, with the right maintenance regime and staff at Wyevale Nurseries are happy to offer guidance.
Adam continued: “Planning and planting a hedge can be a daunting prospect for the average gardener. For retailers we have put together a comprehensive range of varieties, available in both three litre and five litre pots, giving them all they need to build a fantastic hedging offering right through the autumn and winter.
“Each plant is supplied with extra large, fully informative picture labels and support with a giant correx board classifying each product line by its characteristics. By following our simple classification chart retail customers will be able to select the variety which best suits their needs.
“For amenity and landscaping customers we offer hedging supplied in three ways – bareroot, rootball and container grown. Each method of supply has certain seasonal limitations. We are one of the only UK suppliers to offer ‘All Year Round’ availability on hedging.”
Wyevale Nurseries is also developing more ‘Specialist Hedging Forms’ – Pleached and Pre-formed. Pre-formed hedges are plants that have been intensively pruned and trimmed into shape to give an instant desired effect of a finished hedge.
Pleached trees is a technique of pruning that produces a flat frame creating a two-dimensional effect with branches spreading sideways in one plane (i.e. flat) held on top of a central tree stem. These are commonly used to create a green screen above a fence level or a raised wall.
Wyevale Nurseries – hedging labels.
Giant hedge correx and labels.
Fagus purpurea – sample of bare root hedging fields at Wyevale Nurseries
Carpinus preformed hedge.