Last year (2018), the contractors for the McCarthy & Stone development on the old Peck’s site removed the hedge between the development and the public footpath on Springhead Lane. The hedge was outside the site boundary so should not have been removed. Ely Wildspace brought the hedge removal to the attention of the Senior Trees Officer at ECDC, who contacted McC & S, and asked them to replace the hedge. This they did in April 2018, but with no aftercare during the long dry summer most of the shrubs (which were hornbeams) died. The hedge was replaced again by McC & S some time in Jan 2019, again with hornbeams.
To strengthen the hedge, Ely Wildspace volunteers planted 165 mixed hawthorn, hazel, dogwood, blackthorn and guelder rose plants on Sunday 3 February 2019. That was up to 70 m of planting! Thanks to everyone who cam along to help
The hedge plants were donated by The Conservation Volunteers/ OVO Energy and Cambs Highways.