Colour your life campaign announces new theme

The colour your life gardening theme for October is 'New ideas for hedging' with Berberis thunbergii and llex aquifolium.

The campaign has devised a list of the benefits of hedging to help promote them.

The ‘ten reasons to plant a hedge this autumn' focus on what a hedge can provide a gardener:

  1. A natural boundary that can provide year round structure or seasonal interest
  2. An effective windbreak, filtering, rather than blocking wind
  3. A natural air-filter, improving air quality in the garden and home and potentially benefiting health
  4. A barrier to litter and road noise
  5. A prickly deterrent to intruders, human or animal - may benefit home insurance premiums
  6. Habitat for nesting birds and beneficial insects
  7. Privacy
  8. A value-for-money, low maintenance alternative to hard fencing and walls
  9. Shade on hot days
  10. A garden feature to engage children's interest and offer possibilities for natural play

The campaign suggests providing a give-away advice sheet on how to establish hedging.

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