The Great British Hedgerow
Hedge's represent 'the most widespread semi-natural habitat in the UK,' providing homes and shelter for thousands of different species, as well as reducing flooding, soil erosion and pollution. Yet 118,000 miles (23%) have disappeared since 1950. The main reason is simply because even despite recent financial incentives, it remains cheaper and easier for farmers to install softwood, or metal fences.
This project therefore seeks to explore whether taking timber out of a hedge (something that happens anyway via annual trimming and thinning) and turning it into furniture, can generate enough money to lay and properly maintain healthy hedgerows.
Completed in conjunction with the Kingston Biodiversity Team and The Conservation Volunteers, with help from the National Hedge Laying Society.
Collection of Hedgerow Branches & English Ash, 2021.