Benefits

Summary of Benefits of Hedgerow Associations

The Hedgerow Association produces numerous benefits, both for its users and for its region. Here we summarize the benefits of a residential Hedgerow Association with farmland – similar benefits will accrue to any Hedgerow Association, including commercial, municipal or industrial.

Benefits to the non-farming residents include:

  • Beautiful, well-tended countryside, full of wildlife.
  • Beautiful houses in well designed developments (whether “luxury” or budget).
  • Owning your view – a view of an “unspoiled” landscape guaranteed to remain intact and improve.
  • A quiet, peaceful and healthy environment.
  • Fresh organic farm produce available.
  • Traditional rural character, suitable for rearing children.
  • Robust property values.

Benefits to the farming residents include:

  • Creation of traditional small-scale organic farming jobs.
  • Low capital investment – no costly machinery, chemicals or irrigation needed.
  • Healthy, agreeable work.
  • Reduced pressure from large-scale producers and foreign imports, thanks to monthly service fees.

Benefits to the local region include:

  • New jobs, new residents, increased tax base.
  • Beautiful landscape, enhancing the region’s appeal.
  • The slowing or reversal of rural flight.
  • The maintenance or enhancement of the region’s rural character through the establishment of small family farms.
  • A productive alternative to agricultural subsidies.
  • A diverse and healthy ecology.
  • The reconciliation of new housing demand with environmental protection.
  • Increased availability of traditional local produce, such as  bread, vegetables, fruits, butter, honey, wine, pies and cheeses.
  • Increased sense of community.
  • Increased local food production.
  • Since houses are built artisanally, using locally made products, we provide local employment.

Benefits to the ecology include:

  • High species diversity, since the landscape combines many ecologically distinct zones, such as meadows, hedgerows, woodlands, glades and ponds.  (Note: Species density is highest in “edge zones” – for example, the edge between a forest and field, or between a pond and the land.  The Hedgerow Landscape is a dense tangle of edge zones.)
  • Reduced erosion, loss of topsoil and loss of groundwater, thanks to hedges and trees.
  • Reduced overgrazing, which causes erosion and topsoil-degradation.
  • Reduced irrigation, which can pollute and deplete groundwater and topsoil.
  • A drought-resistant landscape.  The above-mentioned factors lead to a higher water table, and promote greater resistance to the diseases and pests that typically take hold in drought or stress situations (e.g. acid rain).