CPRE Hedgerow Heroes project

Hedgerow Talks

We are delighted to be running a series of online talks on all things hedgerow with some expert speakers invited from all over the UK. Learn about topics as diverse as the folklore of our beloved hedgerow plants to what to forage in a hedge and how to manage a hedge for optimum hedge health and biodiversity.

The talks are detailed below.

Recordings will be made of the talks in agreement with speakers and these will be made available here post event. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see past events and get links to the recordings.

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Online talk: Wednesday 20th April 2022, 7pm

Woodland Biodiversity and the
Landscape Connection

This talk is now sold out
A recording will be made available after the event

NB this talk has a late change of speaker. Nick Marsh is unable to attend, so we are delighted to welcome in his place two speakers: Russell Critchley (from Deadwood) and Graham Morgan (The SLIM Woodlands C.I.C). 


This, the last of CPRE’s hedgerow talks, will highlight how woodlands can be managed to enhance biodiversity, and how hedgerows, trees, ponds and other natural connections can improve wildlife movement across the landscape.

Russell and Graham's websites are well worth a look - check them out here:




Past talks - see below for links to recordings of talks we have enjoyed so far.
We would like to thank all the speakers for allowing us to record and make their talks available to all.
Please note that the sound quality is variable.

Online talk: Wednesday 9th March 2022, 7pm

The Field Names of Shropshire

​Recording will be available soon


Dr Jayne Carroll and John Baker from the Institute for Name Studies (University of Nottingham) will talk on the fascinating topic of Shropshire field-names, and look at the types of trees and other flora mentioned in them as well as the general vocabulary for hedgerows and boundaries. The website for their Place Name project is here.

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Online talk: Wednesday 12th January 2022, 7pm

The Plant Lore of our English Hedgerows

Recording now available here

 With Roy Vickery. Roy ran two fascinating hedge plant folklore walks in July in Shropshire and will also present a Zoom talk in January for a wider audience on this fascinating topic. He is a collector of plant folklore - plant names, herbal uses, sayings, legends and plants that were used to foretell the future. Roy has written extensively on plant folklore and his website, Plant Lore, is here.

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Online talk: Wednesday 8th December, 7pm

"Er... what's in that hedge?!"

Recording now available here


With Adele Nozedar. An online talk about foraging for food in hedgerows. Adele says: "Recognition of plants is a wonderfully sensory experience; squeezing and smelling leaves, rubbing them between your fingers to get a sense of their juices and oils, and tasting nectar is all a part of the adventure."

Adele's website is here.


Online talk: Wednesday 20th October, 7pm
How to Manage a Hedge

Recording now available here

With Megan Gimber, Habitats Officer from the People's Trust for Endangered Species. Why do we have hedgerows? What do we mean by hedgerows? What does a good, healthy hedgerow look like (and a bad one)? How can we best manage them for wildlife and for humans? PTES's webpage on hedgerows is here.


Online talk: Wednesday 9th February 2022, 7pm

Hedgerows, Trees and the Planning System

Recording now available here

Emma Marrington, rural policy specialist at CPRE, will talk about hedgerows and trees and the planning system - including what CPRE has done and is doing to help protect our amazing hedgerows. Learn about Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) and how to object to a planning application that includes hedgerow loss. Information on hedgerows on the CPRE national website can be found here.

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Extra online talk: Wednesday 15th December, 7pm


Recording now available here

A talk by one of the UK's top hedgelaying experts on the art and craft of hedgelaying, its past and future. Join hedgelayer and hedge expert Nigel Adams for a look at the fascinating history of the art of hedgelaying - why and how it is done, a look at regional styles and the future for hedgelaying in the UK. Nigel sits on the Hedgelink committee and has been involved in hedgerow research projects. He has competed in hedgelaying competitions for over 35 years. His website is here.


Online talk: Wednesday 10th November, 7pm

Insects and Hedgerows: the B-Lines project

Recording now available here

Join Kate Jones, Bug Life's B-Lines project officer for Shropshire to learn about why our hedgerows are essential for invertebrates and other animals and make wildlife corridors in our landscape. Learn about the B-Lines project currently underway in Shropshire. The Buglife B-Lines project website is here.


Online talk: Wednesday 8th September, 7pm

A Natural History of the English Hedgerow

Recording now available here

 With John Wright, author of A Natural History of the Hedgerow. His account has been called "a fascinating amalgam of natural and cultural history brought vividly to life by his intimate knowledge of the countryside." A passionate natural historian, he is author of the River Cottage Handbook on Hedgerows and other edibles. He often appears on the River Cottage series for Channel 4. His website is here