Dead hedge

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Roadside boundary dead hedge

A dead hedge is a barrier constructed from cut branches, saplings, and foliage. The material can be from pruning, clearing, or forestry activities. Their succession is a beetle bank or hedge.

Restoration ecology and biological pest control[edit]

Dead hedges or wind-rows, as they are known in the coppice trade, are useful keeping the compartments of the coppice tidy, keeping the public from certain areas, being an excellent habitat and corridor for wildlife habitat conservation and restoration ecology, as they offer shelter for small animals, especially birds.[1] This can be part of a beneficial "biological pest agents" habitat in biological pest control programs for natural landscapes and organic gardening.

Freshly built dead hedge after coppicing in Meephill Coppice, Worcestershire, UK.


Dead hedges usually provide an enclosure for the storage of livestock.[2] The above biological pest control dead hedges use is also part of organic farming and sustainable agriculture.

Dead hedges also recycle-reuse biomass without energy use to transport to landfills, or by burning, reducing a carbon footprint impact.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ BTCV. "Hedging". BTCV handbook. Retrieved 2008-01-20.
  2. ^ "Hedge-laying - alive and well in the Northwich Community Woodlands". Northwich Community Woodlands. Archived from the original on November 10, 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-20.