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The Traditional Farm Hedgerow

Your undiscovered ally


There may be places on your farm that you drive past every day and think nothing of, or perhaps you wonder if that unused strip of land could serve you better and you should be rid of it entirely. But wait, this woody, perhaps rock-strewn strip between your fields, known in North America as a fencerow, and in Europe as the hedgerow, is quietly working for you and with a little help it could do much more.

Defining a hedgerow

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