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 will take place from the summer onwards and tickets and further information will be available in due course. Please sign up to our mailing list to be kept up to date with our Shropshire Hedgerow Project news. See below for a taster of what is on offer.

Some talks may take place on-site.


If you would like more information on these talks when it becomes available, please sign up to our mailing list here.

(The talks below are not yet necessarily listed in chronological order).

Tree planting in the Shropshire Hills (c) Charlie Bell (National Trust)

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The Folklore of English Hedgerow plants

 With Roy Vickery from the Folklore Society. Roy will also visit Shropshire to run two walks as well as present a Zoom talk for a wider audience on the fascinating topic of plant folklore. 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.


Hedgerow Foraging

 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."

Her website is here.


How to Manage a Hedge (title TBC)

with Megan Gimber, Habitats Officer from the People's Trust for Endangered Species. Why do we have hedgerows? What do we mean by hedgerows? How can we best manage them for wildlife and for humans?


Hedgerows and Planning

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.


A History of the English Hedgerow

 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

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The Field Names of Shropshire

Dr Jayne Caroll 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.


Insects and Hedgerows: the B-Lines project

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.