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East Hagbourne
Managed by:East Hagbourne Parish Council
OS grid reference:SU 534 886
Nearest postcode:OX11 9BN
Usual work:Hedgelaying

East Hagbourne, silver medallists in the 2009 Britain in Bloom competition is a picturesque and historic village surrounded by fields, orchard and wildlife, with Hacca’s brook flowing through the village. Hedges have recently been planted to provide habits for a wide variety of insects, birds and small mammals.

Conservation Management

Hedges have been planted in East Hagbourne in order to provide habitat for a wide range of creatures and to create a natural boundary. Once mature enough these hedges are being laid. Hedgelaying is a traditional technique that almost died out with the mechanisation of agriculture and the switch to wire fencing. Now it is recognised as a great way to conserve wildlife habitats by making a hedge denser and a much better home for birds and small mammals.


To get to the site head to East Hagbourne from Didcot on the B4016, New Road. The site is off a left hand turn onto the track called Great Mead, which leaves New Road opposite Passey's Garage. This track passes the sports field and playground and goes on for another 70 yards or so before it gets too rutted to follow. The path is now the Fulscot track, leading to Fulscot Manor. You can walk from there, along the ruts and will get to the hedge in approx 200 yards, under the power lines.