The Hedge Fund

A Legacy Project For Dongria – 1955 – 2021, Founder of Treesponsibility. We will be planting 1,500 metres of hedgrow. There will be hedge planting sessions for children from 15 Calderdale schools. The project begins 17th October. Suitable for years 4, 5, & 6. If you would like your school to be involved, then do CONTACT US

School Hedge Planting

Hedges have many benefits; they are fantastic for wildlife, both as habitat, and corridors connecting habitats. Cross contour hedges help to slow the flow of storm water run-off and improve soil quality allowing water to penetrate. Hedgerows sequester carbon, both in themselves and in the soil beneath them.

For Dongria, working with children was at the core of Treesponsibility.

Dongria giving her climate briefing Bradford University
Climate briefing at Bradford University(photo – Ute Kelly)

In her last year, Dongria was working on what she, in her way called The Hedge Fund – a pot of funding for hedgerows.

Dongria holding a bundle of oak sapplings

It was difficult to fund hedges and Dongria was not able to secure funding for hedges in the time she had left. It was her wish that we continue the quest.

I am delighted to say that we have been successful in gaining funding for this legacy project. The funders are:- Calderdale Council NFM Priority Actions, Community Foundation for Calderdale, and West Yorkshire Prepared.