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25th May, 2022

Barford environmentalists do their bit with native hedgerow boost

THE BAR Zero Environmental Group in Barford has planted a native hedgerow to give the environment a boost.

The project, supported by a grant from Warwickshire County Council’s Green Shoots Fund, aims to provide shelter for wildlife and capture CO2 from emissions.

The area is on a narrow strip of land at Oldham’s Bank between the A429 and the river Avon where there is a Community Orchard used by dog walkers and families.

Armed with a free supply of young plants from J and A Growers at Wasperton, the group enlisted the help of Michael Mann from Frank Mann Farmers who, after some clearance and preparation work, planted the hedge in late November.

The hedge comprises native species of hawthorn, field maple, crabapple, blackthorn and dogwood.

Hedgerows improve the soil and help them permanently lock away carbon ultimately contributing to the UK target of achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

The Joint Parish Council has offered to maintain the hedge.

Group member Liz Harrison-Hall said: “We hope that the hedge will improve biodiversity and wildlife habitat, lead to an increase in pollinators and support a variety of insects, birds and small mammals. It will also protect dog walkers, picnickers and young families from noise and fumes, and improve the air quality for residents.”

Visit www.barfordresidents.co.uk/bar-zero for more information on the group.

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