Providing Perches on the Wildlife Property Ladder

Wed, 2000-01-05 00:00

People have been providing perches on the property ladder for their wildlife neighbours.

The Friends of Newham Grange Park, in Stockton, gave up part of their weekend to install a hedge as a refuge for birds and small mammals.

But before getting their hands dirty yesterday, the group first had to learn about the traditional, but dying, craft of hedge-laying.

Some members of the group were very well prepared because they had taken a five-week hedge-laying course at East Durham & Houghall Community College.

The group’s goal is to improve a 100-metre section of hedgerow in the Stockton Borough Council-run park, just off the inner ring road.

The work, which began at the weekend, will continue during the spring. It is hoped that, besides providing a home for wildlife, the hedge, and the animals it shelters, will encourage more people to use the park.

College lecturer Jonathan Pounder said: “Hedge-laying is a traditional way to manage hedgerows. Sadly, in recent times, this traditional craft has become a dying art due to changes in agricultural practices. The volunteers have done a tremendous job and are getting to grips with the skills and equipment needed to carry out this task."