yards mixed maiden hedge, Maulden Wood, Beds
Mostly newly planted maiden hawthorn hedge with part pre-existing hawthorn hedge and a wire stock fence tight to the back of the hedge.
This maiden hedge was in an ideal state for laying. The planting density was very high, allowing live stakes to be retained alternate sides of the hedge about 6 feet apart or so rather than using dead stakes, representing a very significant cost saving to the client. The live stakes are trimmed to height afterwards making them as unobtrusive as possible. They are easiest to spot in the last but one picture below. The hedge was laid double brushed, i.e. bushy both sides.
The use of spiral tree guards had helped maintain a very high survival rate of the original plants, but also meant that there was no lateral growth at the bottom of the hedge making it particularly sparse at the base.
40 yards maiden mixed hedge, Midland style, Little Marlow, Bucks
Continuing work on a hedge that is being laid gradually year by year
The later pictures were taken almost a month after the initial ones which explains the lack of leaves.