One of the smaller properties in our portfolio is St. John’s Jerusalem; a former chapel of the Knights of St. John (more information here http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/st-johns-jerusalem/ )
A small farm surrounds the moated property which offers scenic views across the Darenth Valley. An unfortunate eyesore is the back of the local town hall which borders the property. To remedy this we’ve planted a 70 meter hedge along the boundary which should complement the existing hedging at St’ John’s and form a valuable habitat for small mammals and birds. The species planted in the new hedge are hazel, beech, blackthorn, hawthorn and field maple, all native. The whips are tubed and staked to protect them from grazing whilst allowing enough movement for the new plants to gain strength. We’ll be back next year to replace any plants that have died off and a couple of years after that to remove the tubes and stakes, hopefully establishing a vibrant hedge for years to come.