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Project: Real Hedge Fund

Funded: £ 25,000 to date

About

Every year in the UK, 6,000 miles of hedges are completely uprooted with less than 1,200 miles re-planted. Hedges not only provide habitats for dormice, barn owls, bats and many species of birds, they also reduce the impact of drought and flooding, and reduce the amount of fertiliser, pesticides and sediment reaching rivers and lakes.

Context

Before the Real Hedge Fund was set up in 2021, hedgerows had been in drastic decline around the UK and Cumbria. At the same time there was a growing interest from local businesses and individuals to support grass-roots biodiversity projects, including to meet their CSR commitments.

The Lake District Foundation convened a panel of biodiversity experts to identify priorities and reduce duplication of our work. Partners included Ullswater Catchment Management CIC, The Food, Farming and Countryside Commission, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Woodland Trust and Eden Rivers Trust.

“I proper love hedges, they are the best”

~ Real Hedge Fund grant recipient

£25,000 worth of grants distributed

1,000m of hedgerow planted and restored

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