Lake District Foundation

The Real Hedge Fund - Conserving our Hedgerows

The Real Hedge Fund will help us to restore and repair a network of hedgerows across Cumbria. Hedgerows play a vitally important role in supporting insects and wildlife to thrive, helping to reduce soil loss and erosion and are a key part of our natural heritage, yet many have been lost or damaged.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1174201)

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Championed by The Reed Foundation


  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation


  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • OtherOther


United Kingdom


Hedgerows are an invaluable natural resource, playing many roles from providing essential refuges & safe travels routes for wildlife & insects, acting as vital windbreaks which help to reduce soil loss & erosion, and create importanting hubs for our precious pollinators. Yet since the Second World War hedgerows have been removed at a much faster rate than they have been planted. A significant number of hedgerows have been lost, or so badly managed that their value to wildlife is much reduced.


The Real Hedge Fund will support a programme of hedgerow planting across Cumbria, working with communities, landowners and farmers. As well as practical conservation we will deliver educational and awareness raising activity, We hope to be able to replant around 4km of hedgerows across Cumbria, restoring this natural habitat. We are experienced in working across this landscape, and in engaging the many stakeholders needed to make environmental and landscape work effective.

  • There are so many reasons why hedges are important. They provide food and shelter for our wildlife and insects, they are great for our climate, they help prevent flooding and support farmers and livestock so by supporting this campaign you really will make a massive difference to our environment.

    — Danny Teasdale - Ullswater Catchment Management CIC