What is it about?
Run by the New Forest Land Advice Service, Better Boundaries 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 team will:
- Survey, create, restore or enhance 4,112m of boundary features, creating wildlife corridors 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.
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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 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.
Angela Peters – Restoring Lost Landscapes Project Officer, New Forest Land Advice Service
Tel: 01590 646654 email: firstname.lastname@example.org