Hedgerows of different cultures: implications from a Canadian and English cross-cultural study

Oreszczyn, S. and Lane, A.B. (2001). Hedgerows of different cultures: implications from a Canadian and English cross-cultural study. In: Proceedings of the 10th Annual IALE(UK) Conference, 5-8 Sep 2001, Birmingham, UK.

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This paper outlines the functions and character of hedgerows in two different cultures through the investigation of different perspectives. Data from a small Canadian study in the Delta region of British Columbia was used to inform a larger study in two English counties. Although many aspects of the Canadian perspective on hedgerows were similar to that of the English perspective, the Canadian data highlighted the importance of cultural differences in hedged landscapes. These differences had important consequences for the way in which the hedgerows on the Delta were planned and managed and challenges the English perceptions of hedgerows and their management. The paper concludes that the ecological value of hedgerows are inevitably entwined with cultural feelings towards landscapes and that these cultural aspects have implications not only for the structure, function and ecological value of hedgerows, but also for the transfer of hedgerow knowledge between cultures.

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