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Hedgerow Heroes success in Derbyshire

Peter Fox
By Peter Fox
5th April 2023

Our Hedgerow Heroes mission this year in Derbyshire has been a success!


Hedgerows are the vital stitching in the patchwork of our countryside. Not only are they beautiful, with shifting seasonal colours, but they also provide homes and corridors for wildlife. And all the while they help tackle the climate crisis by capturing carbon.

CPRE would like to see more hedgerows planted and restored, and campaigned successfully to persuade the government to accept the Climate Change Committee’s call for a 40% increase in the extent of hedgerows by 2050 to help tackle the climate emergency.

Hedgerow Heroes

As part of this wider campaign, here at CPRE Derbyshire we have been a part of the East Midlands Hedgerow Heroes project. From November 2022 to March 2023, we planted 1,000 trees, laid 493m of hedge and welcomed 64 volunteers at 16 sessions. Our focus was on three sites – Whistlewood Common, Williamthorpe Nature Reserve, and Hooks Farm Dairy – and we were supported by our partners The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), Groundwork, and Derbyshire County Council.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us, volunteered, or shared the message more widely – we couldn’t have done it without you!

Male yellowhammer in a hedge in the UK