The Pocket Park boundaries are marked by native hedgerows. Hedgerows are an important part of the Northamptonshire landscape and provide wildlife corridors for species to move between habitats. Hedges that have a variety of shrub species provide food for wildlife through their leaves, flowers and berries, give shelter and are used for nesting.
The newest hedge is the boundary hedge within the Orchard, this was planted by the community in 1999. The community hedge was laid for the first time in 2019. It is the intention to manage the hedges traditionally to ensure that they remain in good health and offer high quality hedgerow habitat for the local wildlife to benefit from.
Tree hedges are an important part of the hedgerows as they provide additional habitat, trees such as oak can support over 400 species of insect species. Trees within hedges are used as song posts for birds, provide roosting habitats for bats and as they age deadwood habitat for rare specialist invertebrate species.
The margins next to the hedges are mostly left uncut (cut in rotation), to ensure that there is cover for the birds, mammals and that over wintering habitat remains for invertebrates. Hedgehogs may use the margins to nest, as will some farmland bird species such as the yellowhammer.