The costs of hedgerow management are related to:
The benefits are:
For more information on the benefits, see 'Interactions and effects'
The costs of creating a new hedgerow varies significantly depending on a wide range of factors. The most important costs that you will need to consider are:
The 2021 John Nix Pocketbook estimates that UK contractors charge £38.97/hr for hedge cutting with a flail and £50.67 for a cutting with a saw-blade. The costs for delivering these services in-hand are estimated to be slightly hirer but offer much greater flexibility. Contractor rates for hedge laying are estimated to be £16.25/metre, however the condition of the hedge will means that this varies significantly.
There are significant variations in costs and prices for products from region to region and depending on the machinery used, costs of labour and type wood chip. Generally the costs of the woodchip production exceed the revenue from the woodchip production as shown in the example from Flanders from 2022:
Though the value of wood chips is increasing and if the farm uses woodfuel then there is the opportunity to significantly reduce energy costs.