Cornish Hedges were originally constructed by Neolithic farmers to fence off land for crops and livestock, and are still being built today for this very purpose. Some Cornish Hedges are over 4,000 years old, dating them as far back as the pyramids in ancient Egypt. The fact that some of them still stand today, is a testament to their unique construction method. Over the millennia, the building process and specifications of a Cornish Hedge have been fine tuned by the skilled craftsmen and craftswomen. Strictly following these proven building principles result in a truly beautiful yet robust structure whilst in keeping with the historic Cornish landscape.
As well as being a key feature of Cornwall's culture and identity, they bring significant benefits to the environment by providing numerous wildlife habitats and corridors. Species such as bats, adders and harvest mice travel along these unique structures and in turn, provide food for birds of prey and other carnivores. They're also wonderful habitats for a vast array of flora and fauna.
From a functional perspective, Cornish Hedges can reduce wind speed by up to 20% as well as prevent soil erosion and improve water quality. Whether they are built in an agricultural field, or your treasured garden, a properly constructed Cornish Hedge is a true work of art, built to stand the test of time.
I ensure that each Cornish Hedge I construct or repair is synonymous with the local style and built using stone sourced from a local quarry.
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