As well as trees, hedges are also an important but often neglected environmental element and so we have embarked on a hedging programme following liaison with Elmbridge Borough Council’s Green Spaces Team. In April we planted 120 native saplings provided free of charge by The Woodland Trust on the Leg O’Mutton Field.
The saplings have been regularly cared for during the summer with watering, grass reduction around bases of plants and mulching with the grass cuttings. This, along with the upsizing of guards and supports has enabled good growth of the hedge saplings. We also have been giving them an 'airing', removing loose dead leaves now that the plants are preparing for autumn and young buds are already showing ready for next years growth.
We have another delivery of 120 saplings expected in November to continue the project and will be looking for volunteers to help with the planting and will advise you of the date. We are hugely grateful to our members who donated towards the cost of the stakes and guards.