OPOF hedgelaying 2016

Better Boundaries

Lead Partner

New Forest Land Advice Service

What is it about?

The Better Boundaries project, run by the New Forest Land Advice Service, works with landowners in targeted landscape areas in the west of the New Forest to restore, enhance and create boundary features to improve and produce wildlife corridors.

Boundary features such as hedgerows, ditches, streams, banks and copses are important to local wildlife and contribute to the landscape character of New Forest farmland.

The project will:

  • survey, create, restore or enhance 4112m of boundary features, creating wildlife corridoors which are better managed and have increased biodiversity value and better opportunities for wildlife to thrive
  • visually enhance the landscape through boundary improvements and creation
  • create a better understanding of why traditional boundary features are important.

Watch the Rural Skills and Better Boundaries video:

Volunteering and Training

22 landowners and 20 volunteers will be trained in traditional rural skills such as hedgelaying and other practical skills to be able to create, manage, restore and boundary features in the future. They will also learn about the surveyance and monitoring of habitats and species in order to better understand the need for traditional boundaries.

Visit the training and volunteering pages for information on specific roles within the Our Past, Our Future Landscape Partnership Scheme.


In the long term, the New Forest Land Advice Service will continue to work with landowners to restore and enhance boundary features on their holdings and give funding advice. They will also continue to facilitate traditional skills courses such as hedgelaying, and will offer hedgerow management advice to landowners.

Contact Details

Angela Peters - Restoring Lost Landscapes Project Officer, New Forest Land Advice Service

Tel: 01590 646654 email:

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