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The benefits of growing quality trees in hedgerows

Trees offer shelter and a stock-proof barrier as well as boosting biodiversity and providing timber income

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Kevin O’Connell of Teagasc explains that quality timber such as wild cherry here can be successfully grown within hedgerows

Kevin O’Connell of Teagasc explains that quality timber such as wild cherry here can be successfully grown within hedgerows

Kevin O’Connell of Teagasc explains that quality timber such as wild cherry here can be successfully grown within hedgerows

I’m lucky that during lockdown I can walk straight out my front door and go for walk up a nice, quiet country lane. On the day I’m writing this, the weather isn’t great, but I was amazed the difference a few roadside trees can make.

Sections along the lane where there are trees in the roadside hedges are so much more sheltered, with less rain and wind. I can now fully appreciate why animals (and crops) enjoy such shelter.


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