Real Hedge Fund

A safe home for small animals and birds
A marvellous carbon capture contraption
A protective barrier for waterways
A wildlife highway

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Since 2021, Lake District Foundation has given out grants of over £25,000, which has contributed to the planting of over 1,000 metres of hedgerows. Read about the projects here. Let’s keep going.

Our 2023 Christmas campaign raised another £1825 for the Real hedge Fund.

The Real Hedge Fund will reopen for grant applications in June 2024.

What’s so great about hedges?

Hedges improve biodiversity, store carbon and ensure soils remain healthy

Hedges provide habitats for dormouse, barn owls, bats and many species of birds.

Hedges reduce the impact of drought and flooding, including the problem of water run-off

Why do hedgerows need our help?

Every year, nearly 6,000 miles of hedges have been completely uprooted with less than 1,200 miles of new ones planted

Hedges act as wildlife corridors between different habitats. Loss of hedges means loss of mammals, birds, and insect species.

Hedgerows maintain clean water by reducing the amount of fertiliser, pesticides and sediment reaching rivers and lakes

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Where does your money go?

It costs around £25 to plant and protect each new metre of hedgerow, using saplings and fencing.

We are working with our partners The Federation for Common Land, Ullswater CIC , Food, Farming and Countryside Commission and The Lake District National Park.

We want to showcase good practice would enable and encourage others to participate snowballing the length and quality of hedgerows throughout Cumbria.

The story so far…

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.

We set an initial target to raise £25,000, equating to 1,000m of hedgerow planted, restored and maintained. Within a few months, we were able to open the fund to the first round of applications from landowners. Using an expert panel, we assessed each application and distributed funds to sites where the planting and restoration of hedgerows would have the most impact on biodiversity.

Within 18 months, we reached our fundraising target and funds were awarded to 19 landowners for hedge creation, maintenance and restoration and included farmers, schools and volunteer groups. So far we’ve invested in around 983m of new native hedgerows planted. And it’s not just new hedges that are important, as a direct result of this campaign we’ve prevented the neglect, damage and removal of existing hedges.

The new and restored hedgerows are thriving, and the next step is to monitor the cascading effects on wildlife, carbon and water.

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