Paul's hedgelaying

Bucks, Beds & Herts hedgelaying
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October 2019

Great Hundridge Manor Estate, Great Missenden

Two adjoining mixed maiden hedges, both planted as double staggered rows and perfect to lay
 

First hedge - 88 yards laid into an existing post and rail fence. The hedge supported the fence and vice versa.

Start of hedge before laying...
 

...newly laid...
 

...and in July 2020
 

Start of hedge, just laid...
 

...same view April 2021
 

Looking back to start of hedge
 

Looking from start of hedge...
 

...looking towards start of hedge
 

This field maple is being left to grow on as a standard tree...
 

...here it is tidied up with the hedge laid past it
 

View from fence side before...
 

...same view April 2021...
 

...same view August 2021
 

First section before, end on...
 

...same view afterwards
 

Second section before, end on...
 

...same view afterwards
 

View from end of first section before...
 

...and after. The following images show how to reverse the direction of laying to produce a "square end".
 

First image. A double row hedge like this is relatively easy to lay back on itself as there are two separate rows to work with. The row closest to the fence is laid back on itself to the right...
 

...Second image. Note how far from the end of the hedge you have to start reverse laying. The stems yet to be laid are all going to be laid to the left...
 

...Third image. It's not just a question of reversing direction but of achieving the same height throughout whilst doing so...

...Fourth image. These last stems will give the uniform height required...

Fifth image. Finished...
 

... same view 8 months later in June 2020
 

Pedestrian and equine access through the hedge before...
 

...after...
 

...and 8 months later in June 2020
 

Second section of first hedge from the road side before...
 

...just laid...
 

...same view August 2021
 

Second section before...
 

...just laid...

...same view August 2021. Now the base of the hedge is no longer shaded there is masses of new growth coming up to make a great wildlife habitat
 

Second section complete
 

Some of the fence was quite wobbly until the hedge was laid. Detail from one side...
 

...detail from opposite side
 

Second hedge - 110 yards hedge mostly running round a cottage garden, part laid into existing post and rail fence and part using live stakes
 

Start of cottage hedge, before...
 

...work in progress...
 

...same view, June 2021...
 

...same view August 2021

Looking back to start of hedge, before...
 

...and work underway
 

Looking down outside edge of garden before...
 

...same view afterwards
 

Looking to side of house before...
 

...same view afterwards
 

Cottage viewed from manege before...
 

...and after
 

View from corner, before...
 

...and work in progress, showing use of live stakes at the start of this section...
 

...same view August 2021
 

View from below cottage, before...
 

...and after, brush yet to be cleared away
 

...same view April 2021...
 

...same view August 2021
 

End of hedge completed...
 

...same view June 2021
 

Detail of completed hedge...
 

...me standing in front of it...
 

...same view August 2021