hedges of Hilperton and Paxcroft
“Hedge”, a word originally meaning “enclosure” – is both the edge and what’s inside. Hedges define the look of our countryside and gardens, are legal boundaries, protectors of our privacy, make ecological superhighways, form the space of agriculture, provide food for free and make a strange in-between public place for us all.
As some hedges and green fields disappear and other hedges are created around new homes and gardens, perhaps this is a time to remember their past and rethink their future as a new sort of common land, both as nature reserves and for human food – a linear new model farm.
The art work “One day all this will be fields”, by www.ruralrecreation.org.uk, consists of newly planted fruiting trees and shrubs, marker sculptures and signs guiding residents to food for free around a new housing project in Hilperton, Wilts. Explore the project – the art, food and drink of the suburbs – with the map & tour.
h edges is an art project by ruralrecreation which has taken place in an area of new housing in southern Hilperton / Paxcroft Mead between 2013-15. Reinstating ancient hedge lines, it has been a collaborative work with local foragers, guerilla gardeners, the Mead Primary School, chefs from the Ethicurian restaurant, landscape designers Ginkgo Projects, Somerset Forge, the Hilperton Women’s Institute, Paxcroft Mead Residents Association, Hilperton Parish Council and Wiltshire Council amongst others. It was commissioned through Commissions Projects.
Field notes: Valerian