Normans presented Jersey Trees for Life with a cheque for £1,750 and 10 new spades for the Jersey Hedgerow Campaign. Staff from Normans assisted Jersey Trees for Life in the planting of 240 trees on hedgerows near Five Oaks during three sessions. Over the 3 days over 40 staff were involved as part of their 175th year anniversary celebrations.
Hedgerows are an important feature of the Jersey landscape, providing wildlife habitats, stabilising banks, reducing soil erosion, enhancing the environment and storing CO2 and atmospheric pollutants. They are of particular relevance to Jersey because they support a wide variety of plant species and enable a range of wildlife to move between habitats. However, since the arrival of Dutch elm disease and the Great Storm, and with on-going agricultural pressures, Jersey’s hedgerows have become sparse and degraded. For wildlife, this has led to fragmented and reduced populations, habitats and food sources and may be a factor in the decline of many local plants and animals, including species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects. The Jersey Hedgerow Campaign has planted new hedges, restored existing hedgerows and carried out careful maintenance of these to ensure that they become well established to provide permanent and much needed corridors for Jersey’s wildlife.