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Growing bigger prickly hedges can reduce the chance of extreme weather – and a lot more

By Mick Hanley, Associate Professor (Reader) in Plant-Animal Interactions, University of Plymouth
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In highlighting how Britain lost half its hedgerow network in only 75 years following the post-WWII move to modernise farming, a recent report from the Council for the Protection of Rural England points out how hedgerows can reduce climate warming by naturally helping to remove CO₂ from the atmosphere.

Simply allowing existing hedges to get bigger could double overall carbon sequestration capacity (the process of capturing…


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