The Millennium Hedge Project began before the Society came into existence and was very much the idea of Lynsted Parish Council, drawing on a host of volunteers and working with our much-valued Norton and Lynsted Primary School.
Looking back to the beginning of this project, it is astounding how a plain laneside (Cambridge Lane) has been enriched by the efforts of hardy individuals who first prepared the ground and planted the hedge, followed by those who learned to lay the hedge (with the support of this Society in 2008). The diversity of planting means that this hedge has evolved into a cheery seasonal display. The laying has created a stock-proof barrier that is supporting wildlife at the same time.
Anyone taking a stroll up Cambridge Lane will find a thriving hedge with plenty of new growth. I think it is fair to say that everyone involved had a good time, learnt a dying art and possibly made some new friends.
The people involved include some who had lived in Lynsted for donkeys years to others who have recently arrived and hardly unpacked their boxes. Some came from farther a field including our good friend Andy, from Ramsgate via Norton.
A lot of hard work and free time has been given to make this happen and I would like to thank Ken Diamond, Bob Baxter, Jenny and Graham Sargent, Kevin Barrett, Ken Northfield, Trish Murphy, Frank and Judith Oldham, Neil Anderson, Tom English, Andy McElevy, Kevin Castle, Jonathan Jackson, Tom, Ben and Emily Meek, Brian Pond, Len Scott, Martin Lewis and Jack, Robin and Mary Fielding, Nigel and Lis Heriz-Smith, Mike Hudson and finally John Flower the Master hedge layer who showed us the way. We hope we have not left anyone out but apologise if we have. The end result is something we can all be proud of.
The images, below, give a sense of how the project has transformed the lane.