The Long Forest Project empowers communities to learn more about the importance of hedgerows, in particular their increasingly crucial roles in sustaining biodiversity through linking fragmented habitats. Long Forest embraces historical hedgerow research specifically through studying the role hedgerows play in our cultural heritage within the wider, living landscape.

See below what Historical Hedgerows activities are happening across Wales. 

Anglesey 

The aim of the project will be to survey (using Public Rights of Way Access) later medieval field / hedgerow patterns outside of Newborough, Anglesey and determine the present extent of the original hedgerow network within modern day village setting. Using the Long Forest Survey app the survey will also determine hedgerow species present together with hedgerow structure and function. Results from the survey will be made available to the local community. In addition research findings will be sent and made available to Anglesey County Council and Gwynedd Archaeological Trust and used to provide data and information for future conservation based work.

North East Wales

The aim of the project will be to survey later medieval field / hedgerow patterns outside of Flint, Flintshire and determine the present extent of the original hedgerow network within modern day urban setting. Using the Long Forest Survey app the survey will also determine hedgerow species present together with hedgerow structure and function. Results from the survey will be recorded within this and will be made available to the local community and schools. In addition, research findings will be sent to Flintshire County Council and Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust and used to provide data and information for future conservation work.

 

Pembrokeshire

The aim of the project will be to survey (using Public Rights of Way Access) a deserted early 19th Century Fishing Village at Maes y Mynydd near St Davids, Pembrokeshire and determine the present extent of the original hedgerow network within the modern landscape. Using the Long Forest Survey app the survey will also determine hedgerow species present together with hedgerow structure and function. Results from the survey will be recorded and will be made available to the local community and schools. In addition, research findings will be sent to Pembrokeshire County Council, Dyfed Archaeological Trust, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and National Trust and used to provide data and information for future conservation work.

Monmouthshire

The aim of the project will be to survey (using Public Rights of Way Access) later medieval field / hedgerow patterns at Thornwell, Chepstow and determine the present extent of the original hedgerow network within modern day urban setting. Using the newly developed Long Forest Survey app the survey will also determine hedgerow species present together with hedgerow structure and function. Results from the survey will be recorded and made available to the local community and schools. In addition, research findings will be sent to Monmouthshire County Council, Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust and used to provide data and information for future conservation work.

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