By the end of April the hedge plants are sprouting well with nearly a 100% take. End of April saw a donation of two small lorry loads of wood chipping for mulch around the hedge plants, from Michael Reed & Co Tree Service of Emsworth. Herbicide is not permitted in the High Level Stewardship Scheme part of the planting area. On Thursday 26 April most of the plants we had put in for the first mile from the south had the been surrounded with the mulch, but we used less than expected. Hopefully County Ranger will bring a small trailer and we will get them away next Thursday.
Next winter the HCCG will be preparing for more planting next Spring and the application is to go to the Woodland Trust next September. However the search is on to find where new hedge plants can by planted next November. We have just a few months before the applications close.
The preparations for the hedge survey are proceeding and were given a boost from hedgelink.org.uk with a reference to the online database for the data and a MS word document for gathering the data. With about 90 hedges to be surveyed and each survey taking 8 pages, getting the forms ready with location maps is taking some time, but should be done by the end of April. For the surveying qualified permissions have been received from Hampshire County Council and Havant Borough Council. The surveying training course is set for 10 May with quite a number of people saying they will attend.