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Durham Hedgerow Partnership


The Durham Hedgerow Partnership brings together people and organisations who promote the appreciation and conservation of hedgerows in the Durham Biodiversity Partnership area.

The partnership's aims include:  

  • raising awareness and promoting good practice
  • providing grants for hedgerow planting and renovation
  • generating income through sponsorship and partnerships
  • contributing to the Durham Biodiversity Action Plan for Hedgerows
  • influencing the development of legislation and policy
  • undertaking and supporting hedgerow surveys.

Technical guidance documents 

The partnership publishes guidelines on hedge laying, hedge planting and hedge trimming.

Field Boundary Restoration Grant  

The partnership provides financial assistance for renovating and planting hedges through the Field Boundary Restoration Grant (FBRG) scheme.

The grant is available within the Durham Biodiversity Partnership area, which covers the local authority areas of County Durham, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and Darlington.

The grant is administered by us.

This year's scheme closed but 'expressions of interest' are currently being taken.

Once you have expressed an interest in applying for a grant, we will then come out and assess the suitability of the proposed hedgerow works and fill out an application on site. Site visits are carried out on a first come first serve basis.

We receive many more applications than we are able to fund, therefore grants are prioritised in terms of the hedgerow importance in relation to landscape and wildlife values, and those schemes that are going to have the most benefit to the wider environment.

Those that are of a higher priority will receive support from the Durham Hedgerow Partnership to carry out hedgerow works. Successful applicants will then be awarded a grant in time for the year's planting season.

For more information, please download the leaflet or contact us.

Durham Hedgelaying Competition

The competition aims are to raise awareness and promote good practice in the skills and techniques of hedgerow management.

This year's competition took place on Friday 7 October 2015 at Woodlans Hall Farm, Knitsley.

ClassPositionNameCounty

Open

1

David Boyson

Northumberland

2

Peter Gibson

Cumbria

3

Jasper Prachek

South Yorkshire

Intermediate

1

Neil Kelly

East Yorkshire

2

John Gibson

Cumbria

3

Fred Hayllar

Cumbria

Novice

1

Paul Buckley

North Yorkshire

2

David Shepherd

Barnard Castle

3

Mark Giblin

County Durham

Best Regrowth

Winner

Jasper Prachek

South Yorkshire

Best Local Competitor

Winner

James Mason

County Durham

Junior Champion (16-26)

Winner

Mark Giblin

County Durham

Cutting Prize

Winner

David Boyson

Northumberland

Overall Champions Cup

Winner

David Boyson

Northumberland

The 2017 Durham Hedgerow Competition will be held in the same location at  Woodlands Hall Farm, Knitsley, Consett, DH8 9EY on Friday 6 October 2017.

contact us for additional information about the event, together with an entry form and details about how to get to the venue.