Kensington North Watersheds Association
Benefits of Hedgerows / Windbreaks
- Protection from wind damage and pesticides drifts
- Reduce risk of wind erosion
- Uniform snow dispersion
- Barrier against insects and disease infestations
- Maintain and improve soil moisture (less wind-less transpiration)
- Barriers between organic and non organic crops
- Improves natural beauty of the farm
- Provides habitat for Bio-diversity
- Reduced heating and cooling costs around farm buildings
- Reduce soil erosion
- Can raise temperature of the soil and air, providing for earlier spring growth
- Help to conserve water
Click here for a good overview of farm hedgerows presented by the Canadian Pork Council.
PEI Hedgerow Planting Program
- Minimum of a one hectare (2.5 acres) land holding and 300 minimum plants required.
- Land owners must agree to maintain the trees and shrubs planted under this program for a minimum of 15 years.
- Bonafide farmers must have a completed Environmental Farm Plan.
- The Hedgerow Planting Program project must be completed according to an approved standard. A representative from the Department will visit the site prior to the start of the project to inspect the site and review options with the landowner.
- Double-row hedgerows are preferred and recommended. However, single row hedgerows will also be eligible.
- The Province is responsible for supplying the seedlings, preparing the site, and having the trees planted.
- The Landowner agrees to pay $0.25 / seedling planted.
Contact the PEI Forestry Division at 902-368-4805 for more information, OR click here to visit the Hedgerow page OR contact your local watershed group.
PEI Hedgerow Repair, Buffer Zone Planting
- Older hedgerows with gaps, collapsing spruce
- Buffer zones, high sloped land
- 2-3 year old trees, "gallon"pots
- Wide variety of native species available
- Arrangements may differ between watershed groups
- Goals of habitat creation and restoration strongly supported
- Service provided at no charge. Supported by Wildlife Management Fund and Greening Spaces program
- Watersheds welcome opportunities to work with farmers and landowners on positive projects concerning watershed and environmental issues.