Part of a map depicting Great Britain woody linear features framework

Our Woody Linear Features Framework describes the location and lengths of hedge boundaries and lines of trees (woody linear features). The dataset was derived from existing national datasets and created by a predictive model, which was developed at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology in 2016.  This unique dataset shows hedges/lines of trees across the whole of Great Britain on all land, not just agricultural. These features are Priority Habitats in their own right and are extremely valuable, particularly in intensively managed landscapes

Technical features

Format: Vector
Scale: 1:5,000
Supply Format: ESRI® Shapefile format
Coverage: Great Britain
Spatial Reference System: OSGB 1936 / British National Grid


Scholefield, P., Morton, D, Rowland, C, Henrys, P, Howard, D and Norton, L (2016). A model of the extent and distribution of woody linear features in rural Great Britain. Ecology and Evolution, 6: 8893–8902. doi: 10.1002/ece3.2607

Scholefield, P A; Morton, R D; Rowland, C S; Henrys, P A; Howard, D C; Norton, L R. (2016). Woody linear features framework, Great Britain v.1.0. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.

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Obtaining a licence

Bespoke licensing terms and/or fees apply to this dataset. To obtain a licence, please contact the UKCEH Data Licensing Team by email or telephone, or by clicking the button below to fill in our data request form:

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Academic research and education

Woody Linear Features Framework data are available for free for users of the EDINA Environment Digimap service, which includes staff and students at more than a hundred UK further and higher education establishments.