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October 2014

140 yards hawthorn hedge, South of England style, Stansted Mountfitchet, Cambs

Mostly newly planted maiden hawthorn hedge with part pre-existing blackthorn and hawthorn hedge.
It was very hard to knock the stakes in until we had some rain as the ground was so hard!

Work in              progress from inside of hedge... Same view              from road side...
Looking back to the start of the hedge Looking to start of hedge from garden side
Note gappiness at base of unlaid maiden hedge Approaching              the end...
Completed              hedge, light starting to fade...


 

15 yards maiden mixed hedge, South of England style, Tring, Herts


This hedge was in a perfect state to lay, complicated only by being tight in to a post and wire netting fence just behind it.
The pictures of the completed hedge were taken almost a month after the hedge was laid, hence the autumnal colouring.
There are also images of this hedge newly trimmed in October 2016 - see here
Tools of the trade, chainsaw helmet just out of              photo..
General view              before, conifer on right, oak on left View on              completion, conifer on right, oak on left
Work unde rway looking to start of hedge... Work under way looking from start of hedge...
Substantial              field maple section
View to left              on completion View to              right on completion
View to right on completion View to right on completion

 

 

50 yards old mixed farm hedge, South of England style, Kensworth, Beds. Hawthorn, blackthorn, hazel, field maple, holly.
 
This old and very overgrown mixed hedge made a very thick laid hedge, especially in the sections where blackthorn dominated. A section between a large retained holly and retained field maple was cleared of excess large field maple to create space between the trees, with field maple stumps being cut down to the height of the laid hedge and smaller field maple laid into the hedge.

Initial view from start of hedge Same view,              hedge completed
Top section viewed from drive Top section viewed from fiekd
Section of holly and field maple              before laying Section of holly and field maple              completed. Note the size of the severed ivy stems on the              large holly on the right
 
The two pictures below show the same section of hedge before and after laying. The tall trees in the middle are field maple and dwarf the adjacent hawthorn to the right. The tallest field maple in the centre were felled to create space between the holly, the trunk of which is invisible in the left-hand picture and which is the ivy covered tree to the left of the field maple, and the smaller stool of field maple just to the right. If you look carefully you can see the angled base of the rightmost retained field maple in both pictures.
Tall centre section before laying Tall centre section laid
 
General view of completed hedge
General              view of completed hedge

 


15 yards garden hawthorn hedge, South of England style, Flackwell Heath, Bucks

An old but slight hawthorn hedge, previously overrun by ivy which the owner had laboriously removed. The stems were relatively brittle so it was ideal to lay it early in the season whilst there was still sap in the stems. The after pictures were taken several weeks later in mid-November which explains the autumnal colouring.

Outside of hedge before laying Outside of hedge complete
View from garden before laying View from garden after laying
View of hedge before laying View of hedge after laying