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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. 

The 2019 Durham Hedgerow Competition will be held at Grindon Grange Farm, Thorpe Thewles, Stockton-on-Tees, TS21 3HY, on Friday 11 October 8.30am until 2.00pm.

For additional information about the event, to request an entry form or get details about how to get to the venue please contact us.

Contact us
Durham Hedgerow Partnership
03000 267 143/144
Our address is:
  • Heritage, Landscape and Design
  • Planning Service
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL1 5UQ
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