I understood that properly cut hedges encourage “middle growth” which wildlife need. To absorb CO2 and produce O2 plant some trees -tidy as it looks it's not the most environmentally friendly practice really ? if you could double the height of a hedge you would double its ability to sequester carbon plus additional habitat
My view is as long as a hedge isn't encroaching on cropped area or a road safety issue they should be left alone
I understood that properly cut hedges encourage “middle growth” which wildlife need. To absorb CO2 and produce O2 plant some trees -
Lots of them on mountainous and hilly terrain.
Left hedges are awful no habitat at all for birds as the corvids can get in and get them
biomass .... thought your middle name was profitwe managed some near our yard that are predominantly holly differently and have only cut sides for 20years now - they are many times the biomass they were, gone for maybe 1.5m-2m tall to 15-20m tall and home to a lot more birdlife I'm sure
they still look tidy but that extra biomass must be good environmentally
plenty of folk get a crop off themI guess whatever strategy increases biomass is the right thing to do - wonder itv there is any proper research on this ? everyone seems fixated on trees but increasing the sequester efficiency of millions of miles of existing hedges could surely be a big easy climate win for farmers potentially ?