| It is almost impossible to picture the beautiful sways of the British landscape without also thinking of the National Trust: Britain's largest conservation charity. Equally, it is difficult to picture the vast and breath-taking British countryside without also picturing the beautiful native hedging that encompasses so much of our spectacular scenery. This is why we are so excited to bring you our National Trust range of hedging plants.|
Founded in 1895, the National Trust is a charity that saw the importance of our nation's heritage and open spaces and wanted to preserve them. As one of the country's largest landowners, the Trust wants to play its part in addressing the dramatic slump in British species and improve soil quality and water quality in the countryside. The Trust is committed to planting more hedgerows, which act as 'wildlife corridors', on its land.
Working together, we have produced four ranges consisting of strictly UK-native hedging to complement and preserve the nation's natural hedging. The hedging has been grown in a peat-free environment, as the National Trust is a peat-free organisation, and each variety has been selected as it encourages Britain's wildlife. For every purchase made from the National Trust collection, a contribution is made to help them continue with this vital work.
Due to seasonal availability some packs are not currently available.
Traditional Native Hedgerow Pack The plants included in this pack will present eye-catching seasonal colour as the foliage transforms from luscious green in spring and summer to copper shades or brown in autumn. Being deciduous, the leaves will fall later in the winter, but the dense structure of a mixed native hedgerow will provide you with some cover in the winter months before the new growth appears in spring.
Flowering Native Hedgerow Pack Not only will this pack create a beautiful feature, it will contribute to the biodiversity in your garden as its shrubby nature and wildlife-friendly attributes will entice a range of garden creatures to your hedgerow.
Bird-friendly Native Hedgerow PackThe colourful fruits of this pack will attract birds to your garden and the dense structure will offer a safe and secure haven.
Bee and Butterfly Native Hedgerow Pack This pack will entice pollinators to your garden and will offer a safe and secure habitat for all types of garden wildlife.
Available only as bare roots, the National Trust collection is offered from November to April. Bare roots can be planted at anything from 3-7 plants per metre. You can plant as a single row or a double staggered row where plants are positioned in a zig-zag formation. For more information on planting distances see our planting density advice section.
Autumn/Winter is the best time of year to prune your hedgerow. These species can withstand a harsh cut back which will encourage vigorous growth and higher density.
|Bee and Butterfly Native Hedgerow Pack|
Our National Trust Bee and Butterfly Native Hedgerow Pack makes a garden feature perfect for pollinators. Insects, such as bees and butterflies, are drawn to the nectar-rich flowers blooming in spring, summer and autumn, and the bright petals make your hedgerow a multi-coloured spectacle.
Planting Conditions: Suitable for all soil types, full sun to full shade and inland or coastal sites
Growth Rate: Plants within this pack have an average growth rate of 20-40cm per year
Height: Ideal for heights of 1m-4m
This pollinator-friendly pack includes hedge plants that have eye-catching shades of autumn colour with some evergreen species such as Holly keeping their green leaves year-round, providing you with constant cover and a colourful foliage. This pack contains ten native species:
Hawthorn 10%, Blackthorn 10%, Crab Apple 10%, Holly 10%, Hazel 10%, Guelder Rose 10%, Dog Rose 10%, Bird Cherry 10%, Viburnum Lantana 10%, Rowan 10%