Hedges provide many opportunities for formal and informal learning, for people of all ages and skills, in many subjects, including art, biology, geography, history, maths and science.
Our member organisations and individuals arrange many training events and courses – please see News, Training and Events.
- Devon hedges: A focus for learning and connecting with nature provides an overview of the learning and study opportunities offered by hedges, the ways in which the history of hedges can be explored and the opportunities hedges offer for community involvement.
- Hedgeucation worksheet. This popular leaflet aims to enthuse and educate children about Devon’s hedges. It suggests fun and useful activities linked to science, English language, geography, art and history.
- Lines of Enquiry. Ten activities or exercises covering a range of subjects and targeted at children at Key Stage 2 (aged 7 to 11). Each has a ‘Scheme of Work’ providing an outline plan consisting of learning objectives, a suggested step by step process through the topic, and opportunities for progression. Links are provided to many other educational resources including posters, leaflets, internet sites and media, to facilitate learning highlighting Devon’s important hedgerow heritage. The lines of enquiry were devised by teachers from primary schools across Devon, facilitated by the Devon Learning and Development Partnership and the Devon Hedge Group. You can find the Lines of Enquiry files here.
- Mr Hedges, the West Country Rambler Video on YouTube is an 8 minute rhyming video story written and told by Clive Pig, professional storyteller, explaining why hedges are so important for us. Although aimed at primary school children, people of all ages will find it entertaining and informative. You can watch this video at the bottom of this page.
- The Higglety Pigglety Hedge video on YouTube is as an 11 minute video story, also written and told by Clive Pig. It is an amusing and entertaining account of why the hedge at the bottom of the garden is so much better for wildlife than a wooden fence ever would be. Written and told for younger children, it is designed to help them learn about why hedges are important to us all. You can watch this video at the bottom of this page.
- Hedges – developing school grounds for science. A poster and associated online materials from the British Ecological Society, providing teachers and their students with a good introduction to the importance of hedges, and their plant and animal inhabitants.
- Hedgerow safari. Ideas for activities that help to teach environmental subject areas of the Key Stage 2 curriculum that could be covered in the classroom, in association with a Hedgerow safari.