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March 2021

Rowsham. Two separate 24 yard hedges on the same site.
The first hedge is mainly beech, has a steep drop to the far side and was laid, staked and bound South of England style.

View from end of hedge, before...
 

...and after
 

Looking to end of hedge, before...
 

...and after
 


The second Rowsham hedge is mainly hornbeam and hazel.
It was laid into the adjacent rickety post and rail fence which took the place of stakes and binders.  Each ended up supporting the other.

View looking towards start of hedge before, building beyond barely visible...
 

...and after
 

Close-up of a very solid hornbeam section with an intriguing curve in the centre retained as a feature. If you look carefully you can see that just left of centre, a spur rises up from a lower stem to support the curve. A second spur, further to the right and to the left of the daffodils, keeps another stem in place; you can see its white top showing just by a "V" cut made to realign the stem.
 

Laying the hedge has tied the adjacent post and rail fence into the hedge. Running the hedge just past the back of the fence posts and under the rails supports both the fence and the hedge producing a very strong structure.
 

I used one live hazel stake near a corner of the fence to facilitate running the hazel beyond round the corner. The cut top of the stake is just visible by the fence-post
 

Here is the live stake from the side before any of the subsequent hazel is laid...
 

...and here it is with the hazel laid past it and trimmed to height
 

View from the other side of the hedge looking to the house beyond.Their outlook has already been opened up by laying the beech hedge beyond...

...but with the second hedge laid they now have a lovely view

 

Sydenham, Oxfordshire. 8 yards hawthorn hedge, laid Midland style.
A relation had recommended this mature hawthorn hedge remnant be laid to rejuvenate it and give a view over the top.
The customer was very pleased with the result, having not believed it to be possible.

 

On the field side the hedge overhangs the fence. Laying has just started on the right.
 

View from garden before...
 

View from garden after with laid hedge hidden by brash.
Customers are always told there can be more clearing up than they expect!
 

Finished hedge viewed from start...
 

...finished hedge viewed from end
 


Foscote, Maids Moreton, Buckingham. 27 yards hawthorn. crab apple and elm. A tall hedge relaid Midland style.
Some old pleachers retained, trimming the stumps to promote more regrowth from the base next time.

View looking from gate, before...
 

...and after
 

View looking towards gate, before...
 

...and after
 

View from house sign, before...
 

...and after
 

Close-up looking to start
 

Close-up looking to end, showing width of hedge
 

Close up looking to end, showing height of hedge
 

Midland binding is woven like a rope, wrapping round itself as well as alternating in front of then behind each stake
 

Close up showing binding and the brush at the back of the hedge
 
 

Marsh Gibbon. 25 yards mostly hawthorn with some beech
Adjacent metal estate fence used in place of stakes and binders

Front of hedge before...
 

...during...
 

...and complete
 

Back of hedge before...
 

...and after
 

Detail of back of hedge. The hedge on the far side is now tightly keyed into the metal estate fence