15 yards hawthorn hedge, Western Turville, Bucks. Midland Stryle

A very tall hedge, though quite slender and with some gaps, there was enough material to make a fine laid hedge






31 yards mixed maiden hedge South of England and 16 yards Midland style. Mixed maiden hedge, Tring, Herts.

This lovely hedge was showing fine autumn colours and proved irresistably photogenic as you can see from all the images below.
It is relatively unusual to find different styles of hedge laid on the same site, but here, the boundary hedge between two adjacent gardens was crying out to be laid South of England style whereas Midland style was much more suitable for the back boundary hedge

I had previously laid this client's neighbour's back boundary hedge in 2014 and in some of the photos you can see this also.

South of England section. This is actually two hedges planted either side of a boundary post and wire netting fence. The next five images show the hedge from the same side and in each you can see either a small ornamental apple tree, or a part of it in the corner of the image






Now we're looking at the same hedge from the opposite side.
The alder tree only just visible on the right in the before image....


...gives a lovely start to the completed laid hedge



Whilst excess brush cut out from the other side of the hedge was cleared as work progressed,
on this side you can see just how much was cut out of the hedge


Still on the same side of the hedge but looking back towards the start, hedge before...

...and after



Again you can see just how much material has been cut out of the hedge...

The first three images below show the dramatic change of both outlook and light levels before during and after laying and the fourth image shows a detail of the start of the hedge



The distinctive colours of hazel, dogwood, field maple and guelder rose are all apparent here...

...and in the same section complete if you look carefully!



View from far end of hedge before...

... and after with rosehips showing in the foreground










An alder tree planted in the hedge makes a very pleasing and secure start to the hedge.

Note how the laid he
dge has been taken both sides of the trunk.

A stake has been added right next to the trunk to start the binding as the trunk is too thick to take the binding.










Here you can see both how dense the hedge is as well as the wire netting running down the centre of the hedge that had to be removed.











Here you can see the width of a South of England hedge and, as it is a double-brushed  hedge, that it is the same on both sides.

The red and green of dogwood features prominently in the foreground.

Boundary hedge at end of garden before laying...

 ...and laid Midland style



Laid hedge looking other way; you can see how narrow the front of the hedge is compared to a South of England hedge.
Here all the brush is at the back of the hedge which is usually much wider though less so here as there was a wire fence in quite tight to the back of the hedge.

The lovely view over the top of the hedge









To keep the view the neighbour
has kept his hedge the same height since I Iaid it Midland style in October 2014 (see here).

This is an extremely uncommon sight with a
freshly trimmed Midland hedge in the foreground, a newly laid  South of England hedge in the centre and a newly laid Midland hedge beyond that.


Here you can compare the South of England hedge in the foreground with the Midland hedge behind it and can see how different the binding is between the two styles.

Excess brush from the Midland hedge has yet to be cleared away.


This is the reverse of the image above, with the Midland hedge in the foreground, the South of England hedge at 90 degrees to it and the trimmed Midland hedge beyond.

To complete the South of England hedge, laid stems at the start of the Midland hedge were nicked so that they could be bent round to finish the South of England hedge without leaving a gap.



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