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What is Earth Day?

Every year since 1970 the world has come together internationally on the 22nd of April to recognise "Earth Day". This date marks the anniversary of the environmental movement, first formed in America by Senator Gaylord Nelson. However it wasn't until 1990 that Earth Day became a recognised day world wide.

It is used to help spread awareness of the effects of pollution and teach others what they can do to help combat the effects however big or small. The present day is now more important then ever to start making an impact on these effects to preserve the plant for future generations.


For more information go to earthday.org and find out how you can help and donate to the cause.

What Can You Do To Help?

Help starts at home, even the smallest of choices can help in massive ways, such as recycling your waste items correctly or even bettering your own knowledge on the effects of pollution so you can help teach others.

  • Try your best to reuse/recycle resources, at Hedging Plants Direct we reuse wood chips to make our own Bio Mulch
  • Picking more sustainable options like solar panels for your home
  • Try riding your bicycle to work for the day, rather then using your car or public transport
  • Volunteering for the day where possible to help clear national parks and road ways of harmful waste
  • Plant a tree so to help better the environment in the future
  • Help educate yourself and others on pollution with simple social media posts or discussing with friends and family

How Can Hedging Help Battle Pollution?

The use of hedging can be a great way to help combat the effects of nearby traffic, those with a denser foliage such as Cherry Laurel will be able to help all year round. Hedging has the capability to trap harmful chemicals from traffic pollution such as nitrogen dioxide and with the help of a thicker leaf coverage it will mitigate the near by road noise.

All hedging will be effective but an evergreen species will have the best effect due to its leaf coverage throughout the year which will help battle the toxins all year round. A Cotoneaster franchetii Hedge are known to be particularly effective to near by road traffic thanks to their hairy leafs.

Top selected hedging to aid the reduction of air pollution.

Cherry Laurel Hedge -Prunus laurocerasus Rotundifolia

Common Laurel hedge plants, also known as Cherry Laurel, is one of the most commonly sold hedging species for medium to large gardens. Because of its large glossy green leaves, Prunus laurocerasus 'Rotundifolia' makes the ideal choice for a privacy screen or sound barrier. This hardy evergreen is one of the most popular hedging in the UK and is part of our top 10.

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Common Privet Hedge - Ligustrum ovalifolium

Common Privet hedge, also known as Ligustrum ovalifolium is a dense, vigorous evergreen/semi evergreen hedging species with white flowers in the summer and dark green ovate foliage and black berries that are a hit with birds and other wildlife. Due to its pollution tolerance, Ligustrum ovalifolium is excellent for high traffic areas and urban planting and makes an excellent privacy and formal hedge. During hard winters you may find Common Privet will lose some of its leaves but shoots right back in Spring.

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Cotoneaster franchetii Hedge - Franchet's Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster franchetii Hedge plants, also known as Franchet's Cotoneaster, an evergreen hedging species that provides seasonal interest, with white flowers in the spring, grey-green ornate foliage followed by attractive orange berries that are bird friendly late summer. This hardy evergreen is perfect for coastal areas and full shade. Cotoneaster franchetii works well as a single species hedge.

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Euonymus Emerald Gaiety Hedge - Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald Gaiety'

Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald Gaiety' Hedge, is an attractive, variegated evergreen hedging species, it's glossy green foliage with white margins provide colour year round. Because of its compact growing nature Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald Gaiety' makes the ideal choice for edging or low growing hedges.

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  Published on 22 April 2022 By Dan Grimwade



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