Hedgerows are the vital stitching in the patchwork quilt of the English countryside. They lend beauty and character to the landscape and provide a wide range of benefits to wildlife and the wider environment. They provide tangible, and widely appreciated, signs of the changing seasons while at the same time giving a strong sense of continuity. They also make a significant contribution to local distinctiveness and a sense of place. CPRE is committed to working to protect these important and iconic landscape features.