Life On The Hedge

Growing a Greener Future

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Listen to Life on the Hedge, a podcast from The Tree Council, and find out what it’s really like to have a career in nature from young people making a difference through jobs they love. 

In this episode, horticulture trainee Paula Ilut tells us why she’s passionate about preserving our future landscapes with tree planting. 

We head to Moor Trees in Devon where Paula joins Darryl Beck, a Tree Nursery Officer, to discuss their mission to restore the native woodland of Dartmoor and South Devon and cultivate new woodland and hedgerows from tens of thousands of local seeds. 

We’ll join them as they plant out the Guelder rose seedings Darryl’s been tending and find out how community gathering schemes and plant nurseries are helping create a resilient Dartmoor where wildlife and people can thrive in the future.

Mollie Higginson, NewLeaf Sales Representative & Co-Founder of the Young People in Horticulture Association, shares her top tips on how to make it in the world of horticulture. 


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Daryll and Paula work for Moor Trees, a charity on a mission to restore native woodland on Dartmoor and in South Devon.

Paula is currently studying for the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture alongside her traineeship with Moor Trees. 

If you’re interested in exploring horticulture as a career, take a look at the RHSChartered Institute of Horticulture and Young People in Horticulture Association for more information. Horticulture has a diverse range of roles with plenty of opportunities. And like so many industries, as your experience grows, your salary potential grows too.

Interested in gathering seeds and growing your own hedge trees? Head to The Tree Council’s YouTube channel where the team at Moor Trees have produced some excellent videos on this very topic! 

If you fancy having a go at planting your own hedge, this handy step-by-step guide is a great place to start. For lots more information and advice related to hedgerows, go to

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