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Origin of hedges
They were introduced during the XVI and XVII centuries in order to permit all landlords "to enclose their land by walls, hedges, palisades and ditches, to make them defensible."
However, the origin of hedges probably dates from the Middle Ages when the land at that time was only occasionally cultivated.
Hedgerows kept the livestock within a given plot and were also used to form lanes, these were essential during the movements of cattle between stables and meadows.
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