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Trees should be left at no closer than 10 metres (33 ft) apart and the distances should vary so as to create a more natural landscape.
Hedges are recognised as part of a cultural heritage and historical record and for their great value to wildlife and the landscape.
The development of hedges over the centuries is preserved in their structure.
The first hedges enclosed land for cereal crops during the Neolithic Age (4000–6000 years ago).
Historically, hedges were used as a source of firewood, and for providing shelter from wind, rain and sun for crops, farm animals and people.
A hedge or hedgerow is a line of closely spaced shrubs and sometimes trees, planted and trained to form a barrier or to mark the boundary of an area, such as between neighbouring properties.
Hedges used to separate a road from adjoining fields or one field from another, and of sufficient age to incorporate larger trees, are known as hedgerows.
In parts of Britain, early hedges were destroyed to make way for the manorial open-field system.
Many were replaced after the Enclosure Acts, then removed again during modern agricultural intensification, and now some are being replanted for wildlife.