Hedge Planting

We provide a full service of hedge planting for major engineering projects for utilities, farmers, and domestic households. A selection of the more common hedge plants which we use are (please click on a picture for a larger version):

Field maple (acer campestre)

Small tree or shrub commonly found in woodlands and hedges. Leaves turn a deep golden red in autumn. Good hedgerow tree. Britain’s only native maple.

Cotoneaster (bullatus)

Large shrub with rich autumn colour and clusters of bright red fruits. Tolerant of almost all soil conditions.

Box (buxus sempervirens)

Traditional evergreen plant with small dark leaves. Thrives on most soils in sun or shade.

Dogwood (cornus sanguinea)

These wide spreading thicket forming shrubs have erect coloured stems. Tolerant of most soils including waterlogging.

Hazel (corylus avellana)

Will thrive on all soils, long yellow catkins in spring, bearing nuts in clusters when mature.

Quickthorn/hawthorn (crataegus monogyna)

Probably the most common hedgerow plant. Fast growing and thrives on all soils. Pink and white blossom with red berries in the autumn. Thorny branches making it good for security.

Leylandii (cupressocyparis leylandii)

Tall, narrow and fast growing. Makes a good screen.

Beech (fagus sylvatica)

Suited to chalky, light well drained fertile soils. A high quality hedge plant.

Copper beech (fagus sylvatica purpurea)

Suited to chalky, light well drained fertile soils. Leaves turn from light red to deep purple, a high quality hedge plant, prefers full sun.

Holly (ilex aquifolium)

Shiny dark green foliage with scarlet berries. Grows on all but wet soils.

Garden privet (ligustrum ovalifolium)

Usually grown as garden hedging, good on most soils. Will tolerate shade.

Crab apple (malus sylvestris)

Attractive in a hedge situation with colourful blossom and small fruits in the autumn.

Laurel (prunus laurocerasus)

Fast growing, bushy evergreen plant. Tolerates shade and damp conditions. Harmful if eaten.

Blackthorn (prunus spinosa)

Common hedgerow plant, early white blossom with sloes in autumn, thorny branches making it good for security.

Rosa rogusa (ramanus rose)

Dense prickly shrub, good for security hedging. Pink or white flowers in summer with large hips in autumn.

Common buckthorn (rhamnus catharticus)
Spiny branches, small flowers in spring and black berries in autumn. Good on chalk and limestone soils. Harmful if eaten.

Dog rose (rosa canina)

Wild rose, small pink in late spring and red hips in autumn.

Yew (taxus baccata)

Long living and slow growing. Prefers chalk and limestone soils.

Guelder rose (vibernum opulus)

Fragrant white flowers in spring with clusters of red berries in autumn. Prefers damp conditions.


Types of Hedge

Farm hedges

A typical mix for a farm hedge would be:

  • Quickthorn/hawthorn 75%
  • Blackthorn 7%
  • Hazel 7%
  • Field maple 7%
  • Guelder rose 4%

Normally planted at six plants per metre with a 12mm x 90cm cane and a 50mm x 60cm spiral tube.

Garden hedges

  • Cotoneaster
  • Box
  • Quickthorn/hawthorn
  • Leylandii
  • Beech
  • Holly
  • Privet
  • Laurel

Security hedges

  • Quickthorn/hawthorn
  • Leylandii
  • Blackthorn
  • Rosa rogusa

Ornamental hedges

  • Cotoneaster
  • Copper beech
  • Holly
  • Rosa rogusa

Screening hedges

  • Leylandii
  • Holly
  • Laurel
  • Yew


Types of plants

Bare rooted

  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Easy to handle
  • Shorter planting season

Cell grown

  • More expensive
  • Bulky to handle
  • Longer planting season

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Hedge planting
Newly planted hedge
Newly planted hedge
Two year old hedge
Three year old hedge
Five year old hedge