Cornish Hedges Library

Please browse our list of occasional papers below. These are being completed as time allows. Some are in draft form and await illustrations and updating, so if you have downloaded papers before please keep an eye open for the later version.

Some of these files have many illustrations and may take a short while to download, so please be patient.

Until the Cornish Hedges Library was established in 1994, Cornwall's ancient and unique hedges had been largely ignored by the specialists. The function of our hedges had been taken for granted, their landscape value unacknowledged, their history not generally realised, their wildlife overlooked. The skilled craft of building them was unwritten, in danger of being forgotten as the old traditional hedgers passed on.

These hedges have always been very much loved by the general public. The authors of the Cornish Hedges Library have collected the gleanings from the writings and word-of-mouth legacy of older generations to add to their own knowledge and present a definitive source of literature on this subject. The library meets the demand for information on all aspects of Cornish hedges, for which there is no other existing source of full and reliable written material.

You are welcome to download and print the papers and photographs for your private use and study, but if any material from this website is reproduced in any way acknowledgement must be made of the copyright holder and the Cornish Hedges Library source.

Building Hedges in Cornwall
The Code of Good Practice for Cornish Hedges
Check-list for Inspecting New or Repaired Cornish Hedges
Wildlife and the Cornish Hedge
The Life and Death of a Flailed Cornish Hedge
How to Look After a Cornish Hedge
Cornish Hedges in Gardens
Roadside Hedges and Verges in Cornwall
Mosses, Lichens, Fungi and Ferns in Cornish Hedges
Building and Repairing Cornish Stone Stiles
Insects in Cornish Hedges
Trees on Hedges in Cornwall
Hedges in the Cornish Landscape
The Curse of Rabbits in Cornish Hedges
Repairing Cornish, Stone and Turf Hedges
Prehistoric Hedges in Cornwall
Mediæval Hedges in Cornwall
Post-mediæval Hedges in Cornwall
Modern Hedges in Cornwall
How Old is That Cornish Hedge?
Geology and Hedges in Cornwall
Who Owns That Cornish Hedge?
Check-list of Types of Cornish Hedge Flora
Unusual Old Features in Cornish Hedges
Glossary of Cornish Words Associated with the Countryside
Risk assessment Guidance for Building and Repairing Cornish Hedges
Technical Note for Site Developers
Technical Note for Pipeline and other Cross-Country Operators
Technical Note for Working on Roadside Hedges in Cornwall
Comments on the ©Defra Hedgerow Survey Handbook (1st Edition)
Comments on the ©Defra Hedgerow Survey Handbook (2nd Edition)
Literature Sources