In 2017-18, the funding paid for time for 10 Keep Wales Tidy officers to work part-time on the project in different roles.

Delivery of hedge planting, laying and maintenance was in four key areas of Wales- Anglesey, Pembrokeshire, the North East and Monmouthshire.

In each area, tree nurseries were set up, to enable volunteers to protect and propagate young trees to supply the project.

Landowner training in hedge planting took place in all four areas, as well as additional training for volunteers.

Funding paid for the design and printing of a Hedgerow Information Pack, which is being given out to landowners by Long Forest staff. It is also available to download form our Resources section. We are grateful to Hedgelink UK and Natural England for permission to adapt their earlier hedgerow leaflets for the information pack.

Funding has also enabled a National Advisory Group to meet, as well as local stakeholder  groups, bringing together all those with an interest in protecting, promoting and improving hedgerows to plan future activities.

The Long Forest app has been developed to enable people of all levels of experience to survey their local hedges. The aim is to complete 1000 hedge surveys during the life of the project, so please download the app from your app store on your phone and get surveying!

How you helped

Expert volunteers across Wales have given time to the project, inputting advice and expertise to make it run well. We are grateful too for so many volunteers prepared to put their time and energy into practical hedge planting and hedge maintenance activities. Thank you to you all!