Ancient Hedges in Ireland

In Ireland, hedges were planted to enclose “town lands” from the medieval period onwards. Known as townland boundaries, these are some of the most ancient and species-rich Irish hedges.

A recent survey of hedgerows in County Monaghan found that 12% of the hedges formed part of a townland boundary. More importantly it showed that where townland boundary hedges linked into native woodland they were much more likely to have a rich variety of species, including plant species less common in other hedges such as wood sorrel, ground ivy and hedge woundwort.

There’s a useful website about Irish hedges, with a good selection of links, here:


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