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A Manifesto for the Urban Hedgerow

Articles: A Manifesto for the Urban Hedgerow

The newly opened High Line, an urban park on an abandoned, elevated rail line, where an emphasis on native plants and diversity attract all forms of wildlife into Manhattan. Photograph by RGT

Urban Hedgerow is a campaign to invite more wild animals and plants into our garden and city spaces. It’s an effort to link projects around the globe that are transforming our relationship to the habitats we humans most conspicuously dominate: our cities, suburbs, and towns. Urban Hedgerow seeks to seduce people through art and garden-making to examine and expand their tolerance for the other creatures in their midst.

The hedgerows of northern European landscapes—trees and shrubs planted as barriers and boundaries along fields and roads—host both wild and domesticated plants, in turn offering wild animals corridors for shelter, forage, and migration. Over time, these half-wild, half-cultivated seams in the agricultural landscape develop increasingly diverse species assemblages.

The urban hedgerow can be seen as the constructed and neglected patchwork of shelter and forage in cities and suburbs that allows wild orga...

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