Dead hedge

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A dead hedge used as a roadside boundary

A dead hedge is a barrier constructed from cut branches, saplings, and foliage. The material can be gathered from activities such as pruning or clearing, and in traditional forms of woodland management,[1] such as coppicing. Its ecological succession can be a beetle bank or hedge.

Restoration ecology and biological pest control[edit]

In coppicing, dead hedges are useful for keeping compartments of a coppice tidy, and keeping the public from certain areas. At the same time, they can provide excellent habitats and corridors for wildlife habitat conservation and restoration ecology. They offer habitats for insects such as beetles, and shelter and feeding opportunities for small mammals[1] and birds.[2] Dead hedges can be used to create habitats for natural 'biological control agents' to provide biological pest control.[citation needed] They have roles in the tending of natural landscapes, wildlife gardening, and organic gardening.

A dead hedge that has been freshly built after coppicing (at Meephill Coppice, Worcestershire, England).


Dead hedges can provide enclosures for livestock.[3] They can also play a role in biological pest control (for example, in organic farming and sustainable agriculture).[citation needed]

Dead hedges provide a carbon-efficient way of recycling biomass, without the need for transport or burning.[citation needed]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Dead wood and compost heap habitats". Royal Horticultural Society. Archived from the original on 23 February 2021.
  2. ^ BTCV. "Hedging". BTCV handbook. Retrieved 2008-01-20.[dead link]
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ Oaks R (2012). Coppicing and coppice crafts: a comprehensive guide. Crowood. p. 119. ISBN 978-1-84797-467-9.

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