Planting a fruitful hedge is good for people and good for wildlife and there are no real do’s or don’ts, be as experimental as you like but follow a few basic rules.
Plant vigorous plants like blackthorn, plum and hawthorn towards the back of your hedge. Try growing things that scramble like vines, blackberries, wild roses and raspberry canes through this and plant fruit bushes like currants and gooseberries to the front.
Plant in staggered rows and think about the space you have available – your hedge can be as long as you like and anything from 30cm to 1.5 meters wide depending on how many rows of hedging plants you plant, but remember you need to make the fruit accessible.
You can also plant fruit trees in your hedge – try apples, pears and cherries as well as nuts like hazel, walnut and almond.