The Crinkle-Crankle Dead Hedge Border
Designed by Cathy Perry, student of Winterbourne School of Horticulture
Inspired by the crinkle-crankle kitchen garden wall at Winterbourne House, this dead hedge garden offers habitat for all kinds of organisms. As the wood of the hedge decomposes, carbon will return to the soil along with nutrients that feed soil micro-organisms and plants.
The Border will use naturalistic planting to suggest an English summer hedgerow where every plant has a role in providing for the basic needs of invertebrates which in turn sustain amphibians, small mammals and birds.
In the centre, a vintage, galvanised dustbin will be re-purposed as a planter. A dead hedge will curve from it either side. The dustbin lid will serve as a ‘bee bar’ as a place for insects to drink.
In keeping with Winterbourne’s arts and crafts principles, the planting will be beautiful as well as useful. After all, we’ve got to make space for the small, the green and the wriggly. If they thrive, we thrive.