Hawthorn the perfect native English hedge, excellent for stopping unwanted visitors into the garden. Their main function is to stop livestock. if you have a big garden or a barrier to a field they are the perfect choice. They are deciduous, but the branches will still form a prickly barrier. They have glossy green, deeply lobed foliage and lovely flat sprays of cream fragrant flowers followed by dark red berries. It is the perfect hedger to invite the wildlife into the garden. The birds can feed on the berries and nest inside where they are protected by the thorns. Hawthorn grows about 2-3 foot a year - nearly a metre!