Hedge trimming and reducing
Whether it is trimming or reducing a hedge it takes great skill and competence to do so. It can be a difficult and time-consuming activity, particularly if having to work at significant heights. Our team is IPAF qualified to use MEWPs (work platforms) and we have a number of hedge ladders and pole-based trimming equipment. We have the skills to undertake these jobs to the highest specification.
Hedge planting is an important method of creating environmental sustainability and regeneration. We offer a comprehensive hedge planting service to commercial clients, local authorities, estates and environmental schemes. We also provide a high level of after care and maintenance, ensuring the longevity and health of the newly planted hedge.
Laying hedges is just one of the techniques which can be used to manage hedgerows. Left unmanaged a hedgerow will continue to grow upwards and outwards and will eventually become a line of trees.
Where farmers keep cattle or sheep a good hedge is essential - although barbed wire fences can easily be erected they do not provide shelter like a hedge. Hedges are important for our wildlife, environmental, heritage and scenic value. A well managed hedgerow is thick and bushy, an impenetrable barrier to sheep and cattle and a haven for wildlife.
Cattle will lean against a hedge and make gaps whilst sheep push through the base, hedge laying prevents this. Cut stems are bent over at an angle, secured with stakes and in some styles binders along the top, so creating a living, stock-proof barrier. Hedge laying is the only hedgerow maintenance method currently available which promotes regrowth from ground level and which will ensure the health and longevity of the hedgerow. Once a hedge has been layed regular trimming will keep it in good order for up to 50 years when it may be appropriate to lay the hedge again.