A hedgerow that already exists can make an excellent project too.
Here's a short list of ideas on how to improve a hedgerow for wildlife:
• Add coniferous or deciduous bushes to thicken a hedge that's too thin.
• Extend a hedge so it connects with another hedge, clump, or thicket and provides better travel lanes for wildlife.
• Trim a hedge to make it grow bushier.
• Let a hedgerow widen naturally. Wild creatures are happiest with hedges at least 3 m wide.
• Consider planting or improving an apple tree hedgerow. Overcrowding and shading by other trees and shrubs can reduce an apple tree's vigour and ability to bear fruit. Your improvement project should include pruning, removing competing vegetation, and fertilizing. Consult a local nursery for advice.
• Replace dead plants as needed and weed out any undesirable vegetation.
• Prune or trim the hedgerow to encourage healthy growth.
• Water the new shrubs and trees in your hedgerow regularly until they’re well established.
• See "Plant Project Maintenance Tips" for further suggestions.