As of this morning I've got 7/10 gorse seeds germinated, (though 2 of them seem to be struggling to shake off the seed case). We're likely looking at a germination rate of 50-70%, maybe more. And I've got approximately 400 seeds. I'm going to get some seed compost from B&Q later today.
So I'm looking at perhaps 200-300 shrubs. That's enough for one whole row around the boundary, (in a two-row hedge). According to the RHS, it '[w]ill become leggy in rich soils'. It's a legume, and fixes nitrogen, but can acidify the soil. I might need to deal with that once it's established, maybe with lime.
I can't imagine how 'leggy' gorse will look. It's going to take some management, but will be worth it in wildlife terms. Here's a photo from Warwickshire, with a fairly formal gorse hedge on the edge of a cultivated garden, so presumably fairly good soil. And it looks as if it's responding to management, regular pruning. A hedge like that, couple of feet higher, will be ample to keep out the neds and burglars, and give a home to all kinds of birds and invertebrates.
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