Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hedgerow anger

Essex Chronicle: Council 'hacked back' local hedges, claims local non-expert

I'm led to believe that the hacking-back approach is actually better for the hedges, but I'm not an expert.

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1 comment:

proglodyte said...

They'd have 'flailed' the hedge. And yes, this would encourage new growth down the side of the hedge, which is what is needed to keep a hedge a hedge.

Factoid - generally, hedges are taller than in the olden days because years ago the height of a hedge was largely determined by how high someone could wield a hand held blade. And, the bottom needed to be thick to stop livestock getting through, which was partly the point of having a hedge in the first place. 'Laying' a hedge also made it more impenetrable.