Yesterday Steven, I, Chris and Mike trundled down to Moor Green to lay the car park hedge by the road. We set about clearing back to brambles and lifting the small oak, by cutting off the lower branches to raise the canopy. After a short interval paddling out to check the goats, the team set to work (1st pic).
We removed the old tree guards and used axes and billhooks to cut the stems most of the way through, so we could bend them over. This provides a much denser and stronger hedge, as it grows from the base, rather than simply cutting it all off at 3ft. We found the holly and hawthorn was nice and bendy, with most stems laying well and remaining attached. Two hawthorn stems were left as standards with the finished hedge looking great, so thanks to Chris & Mike (2nd pic)
We received lots of positive comments from visitors who agreed that the more visible car park should reduce recent antisocial behaviour, and thought the site was now much more inviting.