MOREhedges funding is available for any landowners or farmers to plant hedgerows on their land as long as:
- they are not already in receipt of funding for planting that hedgerow
- our eligibility criteria are met.
Anyone can apply on behalf of the landowner but they must have the landowner’s permission.
MOREhedges funding is designed to create new wildlife corridors by connecting trees with the surrounding landscape.
Planting of 100-250 metres of new hedgerow is eligible provided it:
- connects directly with at least 0.2ha of existing or newly planted woodland (0.1ha in Scotland)
- connects to existing hedgerows that then connect to woodland, so extending an existing corridor.
If you are also planting woodland through our MOREwoods project you may be eligible for funding for up to 1,000m of hedging.
Please note that we cannot support the replanting or gapping up of existing hedgerows, or planting that is within or around the edge of woodland.
MOREhedges costs vary as each quote is calculated to meet the specific requirements of each project.
Through MOREhedges, we subsidise up to 75% of the cost of the trees, tree protection, advice and guidance provided. We want MOREhedges to be affordable for landowners so that they can plant more trees.
For a no obligation quote to see what your new hedgerow might cost, apply today for MOREhedges.
Applications are all taken online through the MOREhedges application form.
To apply, you will need:
- a map of the area that you would like to plant
- a grid reference of the site.
This is used to check the site is eligible for funding and suitable for planting trees.
The application form takes about 15 minutes to complete. You can either complete it yourself or ask someone to complete it on your behalf.
If you wish to receive funding through MOREhedges you will be asked to agree to the terms and conditions. These include the need to commit to the care and management of the hedgerow for at least 30 years as part of the UK Government’s ambitions to reach net carbon zero by 2050.
We cannot provide funding or advice through MOREhedges for any trees that are a condition of a planning application.
All successful MOREhedges applications will be given:
- a no obligation quote for the cost of their project
- documentation advising how to plant and care for the hedgerow.
If you wish to proceed, we will order your trees and tree protection from our chosen tree nursery. All our trees are sourced and grown in the UK and Ireland to reduce the risk of pests and diseases.
We hold monthly meetings to check the eligibility of each application. Depending on when you apply, it may take up to 2 months for you to hear if your application has been approved.
Our MOREhedges packs include a variety of shrub species to ensure your hedgerow is biodiverse and wildlife friendly. The mixes vary in each region, but all include a high proportion of hawthorn and a mixture of 5 or 6 other hedgerow species.
MOREhedges funding also includes a tree species to be planted within the hedgerow and allowed to grow to full height. These trees are supplied for planting every 6m and are an important wildlife habitat. As part of your application you will be able to choose the tree species of your choice from a list including English oak, sessile oak, silver birch, rowan, hornbeam and wild cherry.
Learn more about some of the trees we supply in our guide to 31 native tree species.
The Woodland Trust reserves the right to amend species mixes depending on stock levels and germination rates.
Some species, such as sessile oak, are toxic to horses so if you are planting near horse fields we recommend you research and choose species carefully.
The trees supplied are all one to two year old saplings ranging from 20-60cm in height. This makes them easy to transport, handle and plant. Saplings this size also establish very quickly - they can reach adult head height in around eight years.
Our MOREhedges scheme includes subsidised tree protection. All hedgerow species are supplied with a spiral guard and bamboo cane to protect the young trees from rabbits and other small mammals.
The trees, to be planted every 6m, are supplied with a 1.2m tube and 1.5m stake to allow you to spot them clearly and avoid cutting them as part of your hedgerow maintenance.
All trees are delivered during tree planting season. This runs from November to March across most of the UK, but can stretch into October and April in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
We will ask you to supply a delivery address as part of the application form. This must be:
- a registered postal address
- hard-standing ground for a 6-wheel truck.
You will be able to select a delivery date when placing your order. It’s important that someone is available at the delivery address between 8.30 - 17.30 on the day of delivery to sign for the trees.
The MOREhedges trees will be supplied as bare root trees, so they need to be planted within 7 days of delivery.
You should store your trees in a dry, frost free location before planting to ensure the roots are protected.
If adverse weather conditions prevent you from planting your trees within seven days, you will need to heel them in. You can do this by digging a shallow trench, laying the roots of the trees into it and covering them over with soil.
This protects the roots and the trees can survive like this until the end of tree planting season (March) if necessary.
You must plant the trees in their long term home before they come out of dormancy in April, otherwise they will put down roots in the trench.
Follow our guide to three of the most successful methods to plant your hedgerow.
If you’re planting a single hedge, plant your shrubs 30cm apart.
For a thick hedge, plant a double row of shrubs in a zig zag pattern. Space your rows 50cm apart, with 40-45cm between each shrub. These should all be planted with the spiral guards and bamboo canes provided to protect them from mammal damage.
Plant a tree species every 6m with a tube and stake to protect it and allow it to grow to full height to enjoy the benefits that hedgerow trees provide.
If planting a hedgerow on a boundary between your land and that of a neighbour, the hedge should be set back approximately 1-1.5m from the boundary line. This will allow the hedge to grow without overhanging the neighbour's property. We recommend discussing the hedgerow planting with your neighbour in advance to avoid any potential future disputes over its management.
Weeding is the most important step in giving your trees the right start.
Trimming is an essential part of long-term hedgerow maintenance. The newly planted hedge will need an initial trim within the first couple of years to encourage dense bushy growth, especially from the base.
The species present within a hedge and its location will affect the frequency of trimming. Hedges next to roads and footpaths may need trimming annually between November to February (when birds are not nesting), but it is better for wildlife if they can be cut in alternate years.
For more maintenance advice to help your hedge thrive, visit our aftercare page.
You can find out more about hedgerow creation and maintenance at hedgelink.org.uk.