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April 2016

22 yards hazel hedge, Downley, Bucks. 'Live Midland' style
A tall hazel hedge, situated on a steep and unstable bank which the customer wanted laying to stop deer getting into their garden through gaps in the hedge. Yet another hedge this season where live stakes were the only thing that was going to keep this lot securely in place.

As with a conventional Midland Style hedge, the front of the hedge is left tidy and brush is swept towards the back of the hedge


As can be seen here, a multiplicity of live stakes of different heights, not necessarily all of them vertical, are keeping this hedge both securely in place on top of the bank and tight on the garden side also.


86 yards mixed maiden hedge, predominantly field maple, Buckland, Bucks. Midland-ish style with post and rail fence

This hedge was planted very close in towards a four rail post and rail fence. There were a lot of field maple that were too big to lay and too poor in shape to leave as standard trees or that would have made laying the hedge impossible and these were removed first.
Eight trees were left in all.
The fence was utilised to provide the function of both stakes and binders.
The overall appearance is predominantly of a Midland hedge with a clean front and brush towards the back/fence side of the hedge.

Section 1.
The first two images show the hedge looking in the same direction, before and after laying

One could better control the lowering of large heavy stems by using the rails and resting them temporarily on the fenceposts. At this point any protuberances that were in the way could then be reached and cut off the stem.....
....and the process repeated using the next post
until the stem was down
The hedge could be kept in even tighter to the fence using suitable branches from the laid stems and looping them under the top rail, preferably tight in against a fence post as well as shown in both images below.
Before and after views of the first section from the far end. From outside the fence the hedge is pretty much invisible but it will soon start to grow. Note all the surplus brush from the hedge stacked on the other side.
Section 2.
Section 3.