"Native Hedging mixes to suit agricultural applications and benefit wildlife"
Christie-Elite Nurseries offer a good mix of bare-root and cell-grown hedging plants, suitable for most UK site types.
A typical standard native hedging mix used for rural/agricultural applications, including exposed upland sites would be Hawthorn (70%), Blackthorn (20%), Hazel (5%) and Dog rose (5%).
Hawthorn provides the main structure in a hedge ‐ it is very hardy and can tolerate coastal conditions well. This main species is normally supplemented with Blackthorn (sloes to put in your gin!) and rose (e.g Scots Rose, Dog Rose, Rananus Rose) but can also be enriched with a number of other minor species; Holly (ilex), Wild Apple (Malus sylvestris), Guelder Rose (Vibernum opulus) etc.
When planting your hedge we would advise 6 plants per metre 40-60cm in size, planted in two staggered rows around 30cm apart. Prepare your site well; remember that the hedge will be in place for a long time so a good start for the young plants is essential.
To make sure the hedge gets established well it may be necessary to fertilise and control weeds, which will compete with your newly planted hedge in the first two years. It may also be necessary to protect your plants from browsing wildlife for which we would recommend the use of spiral guards and canes.