Subject The History of Bedfordshire Hedgerows
Dr Stephen Coleman, HER Central Bedfordshire
January 27, 2021


If a hedgerow has remained intact and not replanted, the number of species will indicate the age of the boundary. The study of old maps will often show a row of trees across a field which indicates an earlier boundary. The older hedges tend to be curvilinear whilst post enclosure boundaries are linear and have right angles at points where meet other boundaries. Dr Susan Oosthuizen uses the technique of removing all linear /right angle boundaries to identify the older fields/enclosures.

The naming of fields seen in Terriers will often indicate the management of the field eg STOCKING is associated with assarting.