Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has backed the campaign to restore the hedgerow network by 40% by 2050.

Hedgerows are one of the UK’s most accessible wildlife habitats, and have extensive ecological, economic and net-zero benefits. Unfortunately, over half of the hedgerow network has been lost since WWII.

The #40by50 campaign is organised by CPRE, The Countryside Charity, and aims to put pressure on the Government to commit to the ambitious target. Gwynne – Secretary of the local volunteering group Friends of the Tame Valley and a keen parliamentary advocate for green spaces – has backed the campaign, and written a letter to the new Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural affairs urging action.

Gwynne’s full letter can be read here.

Commenting, Andrew Gwynne said:

“Hedgerows are such an important element of our countryside.


“The humble hedgerow can improve soil fertility, absorb carbon and even protect against flooding.


If we want to build a net-zero future, we should be making sure that the hedgerow network is healthy and resilient. That work starts by setting an ambitious target.”


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