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A new exhibition that showcases hedges is coming to a museum very soon.

The Food Museum in Stowmarket is ready to reveal its latest exhibition titled Hedgerow.

The display will be open to the public from Friday, June 24 and will remain at the museum until June 2023.

Autumn hedgerows at The Husbandry School by Marco Kesseler. Picture: Food Museum
Autumn hedgerows at The Husbandry School by Marco Kesseler. Picture: Food Museum

Hedgerow has been funded by Arts Council England and New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and will see a collection of paintings, poetry, photography, printmaking and film.

Hedges are an important part of nature and can be found across the English and Welsh countryside. They are a point where nature and culture meet, being a part of the natural world whilst also being maintained by people.

The project explores how the hedgerow has developed through time and is the combined effort of artists, chefs, farmers and historians.

The new exhibition will showcase the history of hedgerows. Picture: Angus D. Birditt
The new exhibition will showcase the history of hedgerows. Picture: Angus D. Birditt

Angus Birdit, Hedgerow curator and co-founder of artist collective ‘Our Isles’, said: “The hedgerow is an unsung hero within the natural environment.

“It has been fashioned by the human hand. It has been planted to set boundaries for crops and livestock, chopped for fuel and timber, grubbed up for food production, and replanted to improve biodiversity.

“The new exhibition celebrates how multifaceted the hedgerow is both in its breathtaking beauty and abundance of life.”

Food Museum staff hope the exhibition will expand visitors' understanding of how hedges came to be, how they have been used over hundreds of years and also which animals use them as a habitat.

Weasel and Primrose by Lilly Hedley. Picture: Food Museum
Weasel and Primrose by Lilly Hedley. Picture: Food Museum

The Hedgerow exhibition will also showcase the newly refurbished William Bone building which features a demonstration kitchen. Supported by Howdens, this space will enable food tastings, workshops, and cooking demonstrations.

To read more about Hedgerow, you can visit the Food Museum website.

Museum director Jenny Cousins said: “‘We have created a large new gallery with a kitchen and display spaces which will host an exciting programme of changing annual exhibitions.

Yellowhammer by Joseph Dupré. Picture: Food Museum
Yellowhammer by Joseph Dupré. Picture: Food Museum
Hedgerow Urn by Joseph Dupré. Picture: Food Museum
Hedgerow Urn by Joseph Dupré. Picture: Food Museum

“Hedgerow is the first of these and is a perfect example of the kind of programming we want to deliver, which touches on rural crafts and skills, food, farming, nature and the environment.”