Uses (ecosystem services)

Hedges benefit people in many ways – they provide multiple ecosystem services. In addition to their practical farming uses, they can, for example, keep the waters of our rivers clean, prevent floods, store carbon and provide fruits. In our towns and cities they help to keep the air pure and provide screens, and improve our health and wellbeing. See Devon hedges and their many uses for further information.

To find out about the role hedges can play in increasing populations of pollinators, see the information sheet Managing hedges to benefit pollinators.