Did you know?
Most of Ireland’s hedgerows were planted during the 1700 and 1800s when Acts of Parliament obligated landowners to plant proper permanent boundaries between their properties (Teagasc, 2022). However, some date back to mediaeval times and even as early as the Neolithic and Bronze ages (Teagasc, 2022).
The biodiversity of hedges is what makes them such an important part of our countryside. The continuous network of hedging that weaves it’s way around the land provides safe passage for insects and mammals away from preying foxes or other predators.
Here’s a few resources if you want to know more:
Value of Hedgerows here
Conserving Hedgerows here
Native Hedgerows of Ireland here