We are delighted that the hedge along the Camlet Way/Verulam Road boundary is now complete. On 18 March, we planted 500 ‘whips’ (one year old hawthorns, blackthorns, hazels and field maples), which will provide extra height and depth in time. It was great to have help from families and individuals living in Camlet Way and Fryth Mead, and we were expertly guided by Donato Cinicolo, who has done a superb job in laying the new hedge. We were concerned about planting the whips in dry conditions, but the weather of the last few weeks should have solved that problem! It is also appreciated that the Camlet Way resident who owns the section nearest to Branch Road has now employed Donato to match the rest of the hedge.
Completion of the corner
The Redbourn roundabout hedge length complete
Our thanks are due to our MP and the Councillors of all political parties who urged St Albans Council to acquire the Camlet Way/Fryth Mead green spaces, and then helped the hedge project with finance and pressure to take action. St Albans Council should be proud of the result, on one of the major approaches to St Albans.
Notes about the future of the hedge
Now that the hedge is laid and the young plants are in the ground, we cannot sit back and watch things happen. After decades of doing nothing to the hedge, it will take time to become thick and thorny; some years, in fact. It would be helpful is some volunteers might pick up the litter and rubbish which accumulates. I will be walking along the hedge line from time to time tucking in shoots and trying to keep a neat looking hedge.
It must be noted though that the stakes and binders are “sacrificial”, in that they will rot away, being replaced by the upward growing new shoots. The end result will be a thick, “basketweave” of thorny branches, growing sideways and up, which will provide an excellent habitat for small birds and mammals.