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April 2016

22 yards hazel hedge, Downley, Bucks. 'Live Midland' style
 
A tall hazel hedge, situated on a steep and unstable bank which the customer wanted laying to stop deer getting into their garden through gaps in the hedge. Yet another hedge this season where live stakes were the only thing that was going to keep this lot securely in place.
 

General view before, looking down hedge
 

General view before, looking up hedge
 

View from other side of track before, deer were getting through the gap into the garden...
 

...same view laid, deer proof and clearing up underway
 

A multiplicity of live stakes secure the hedge on the bank
 

Looking back the other way
 
 

As with a Midland Style hedge, the front of the hedge is left tidy and brush swept towards the back of the hedge
 

A substantial live stake secures the end of the hedge
 

View from garden, before...
 

...and after
 


 

86 yards mixed maiden hedge, dominated by field maple, Buckland churchyard, Bucks. Laid into existing post and rail fence

Eight standard trees were retained but a lot of maple too big to lay, growing through the fence and/or too poor to leave were felled.
The initial appearance is broadly similar to a Midland hedge, a tidy front and brush towards the back
but with the fence serving as both the stakes and bnders

Section 1.

Looking from corner towards churchyard, before...
 

...newly laid...
 

...same view May 2021. This is all field maple
 

This is looking back the other way before...
 

...and after
 

Work in progress
 

Lowering large heavy stems along the rail, resting them on the next post where they could be trimmed as necessary.....

....and the process repeated on the next post until the stem was down, in this case snug behind a tree
 

Live field maple lateral looped under rail and against post tightens hedge in to fence
 
 

... and another example
 

View from far end, starting out...
 

...work in progress...
 

...same view in April 2021
 

Looking the other way, just laid...
 

...same view 3 months later, July 2016
 

...December 2017 and it's had a light trim...
 

...and May 2021
 

 

Section 2
 

Side view, initial trimming back commenced...
 

...same view just laid with field maple standard centre and hornbeam to the right
 

Side view from end, blackthorn scrub hiding the stile...
 

...blackthorn removed...
 

...complete...
 

...three months later, July 2016...
 

...December 2017...
 

...May 2021
 

 

Section 3

Close-up view from stile before...
 

...and after
 

View from far end, before...
 

...newly laid...
 

...and in May 2021
 

View from stile before...
 

...newly laid...
 

...three months later, July 2016...
 

...December 2017...
 

...May 2018...
 

... and May 2021
 

Newly laid April 2016...
 

...three months later, July 2017...
 

...and May 2021
 

December 2017. The memorial marks the reinterment of iron age human remains discovered when the nearby Arla milk processing centre was built
 

General view, December 2017
 

General view, May 2021