Back Lane roadside hedge extension.

Planting and maintenance dates and times: COMPLETED


Hedge planting in the small green space between Back Lane and Chestnut Drive, West Heath, opposite the northern entrance to the Radnor Park industrial estate.  The native species used include evergreen holly, and beech which holds its leaves in winter, to provide shelter for birds and other wildlife.  This green space is owned by Cheshire East Council and managed by Congleton Town Council. Both support tree and hedge planting to help reduce the effects of climate change and biodiversity loss. 

Consultation results

‘I like it’ (supportive):  5

‘I don’t like it’ (against):  0

‘I like it, but…’ (asking for some changes):  0


Planting plan

As the proposals were supported, the planting will be carried out as shown on the original plan below. The Tree Council has agreed 100% funding for the work under its Branching Out Fund.


Back Lane Final


The hedge will be well mulched to keep down weeds until the planting is established. In the first year, volunteers will help with aftercare but in the long term it will be maintained by the Town Council’s Streetscape team. How this will be done is still to be confirmed but it is expected that the hedge will be maintained at approximately 1.2-1.5 m high, and it is hoped that only one side will be trimmed each year, to allow blossom and berries to develop on the other side for wildlife and amenity benefit. It is also important for wildlife to allow undergrowth to develop,  and to reduce mowing on at least one side, but litter picking may need to be carried out from time to time due to proximity to a busy road and industrial estate.

Would you like to be a friend of Back Lane?

We would love local residents to become ‘friends’ of the trees and plants planted in the area, a ‘friend’ would keep an eye on the site and report any damage or problems, or indeed how the plants are flourishing! Please fill in the form below with your contact details and a member of the team will be in touch. 

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