Bindweed, ivy and other aggressive plants are forcing traditional wild flowers out of hedgerows, according to the Countryside Survey 2007.
Broad-leaved willowherbs have suffered the greatest decline, according to the Countryside Survey results.
Managed hedgerow lengths decreased by 6.2% overall, while the biodiversity of plants fell by 8% between 1978 and 2007. Survey results indicate that hedgerows are being managed and maintained less.
The Countryside Survey, published yesterday, revealed that bindweed, ivy and other aggressive plants are forcing traditional wild flowers out of hedgerows.
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