How Old Is A Hedge ?

Year Six spent the day learning about hedgerows at Julian's Farm last week.

We discovered how to find out the age of a hedge:
First you have to count all of the "woody" plant species that are growing within a 30m stretch of the hedge. When you've got this number you have to multiply it by 110 and then add 30.
This is called "Hooper's Rule".

We found a hedge on the farm which was over twelve hundred years old.
The farm was established and recorded in the Domesday Book, which was written in 1086, so the age of this hedge makes sense.