Benjes hedge
„My hedges can help to protect endangered mammals such as hares, hedgehogs and hamsters, rare bird species like the red-backed shrike, the nightingale, the partridge and a large variety of spiders and insects.” (Hermann Benjes)
Nature itself can shape these hedges as it knows best which plant is best suited to a given location. It only requires a good substrate for the hedge to grow in. To ensure this, an embankment of brushwood and twigs is mounted along the lane of the future hedge. Spread by wind or bird droppings, seeds can settle there and within a period of four to six years, a new hedge grows in the protected area. At the same time the substrate decomposes, serving the hedge as humus.
It was Hermann Benjes, ecologist and practical gardener, who “invented” this particular type of hedge. The ecological movement saw a revival of hedges planted on brushwood, so that today, we speak of Benjes hedges.