A hedgerow is a type of fence or border between properties. In much of rural England, such as the area around Little Weirwold, bushes and trees would have been allowed to grow over the years along property lines. Hedgerows could include bushes with thorns to make them particularly difficult to crawl through if necessary. The bushes and other plantings could be trimmed as needed but would serve as fence lines between fields belonging to different persons or between different sections of one person's property. Hedgerows are an effective, ecologically friendly, inexpensive means of separating properties from each other, and are still in extensive use in rural areas of England.