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Overgrown hedgerow reduction in Oxfordshire

Back in July we were contacted by Nigel Adams, a renowned hedgerow specialist who lives in Oxfordshire to talk about how we could help him to cut back and coppice some heavily overgrown hedgerows as part of the Watlington hedgerow project. The hedgerows in question had a number of hawthorn trees, many of which had grown beyond their healthy life stage and fallen over, some were covered in ivy and others had died completely.

We suggested the use of our mini excavator with tree shear to enable a fast, easier and safer dismantle of the trees as well as utilising the low ground pressure of the smaller machine. With a 200mm cutting capacity, the little machine and shear was more than capable of the task.

So, along came October and work commenced, we moved the machine to Oxfordshire for the duration and made the area safe. Nigel and another neighbouring landowner Paul were on hand with chainsaws to deal with any fallen or snapped trunks and to cut any remaining ivy from any of the trees that remained. We chose a few of the stable mature trees to remain within the hedge and trimmed these to make them safe and healthy again. Within just a few hours we had reduced a good 80-100m of hedge, something that would’ve taken a good couple of days had it been completed manually.

Another couple of days saw the rest of the overgrown hedgerows reduced using the excavator and tree shear and the project completed. The hedge can now regrow naturally from the coppiced stumps to create a healthy solid hedge, any gaps from the dead trees will be replanted with new native species.

Many thanks to Nigel, Paul and The Watlington Environmental Group for the work and the chance to be part of this exciting project.

Overgrown Hedgerow Reduction

Over the past few months we have been tasked with many hedgerow reduction projects where trees and brambles have encroached over fences and into field corners. Had you ever realised how much land may have been lost over time as the vegetation crept in? Take a look below at some of the before and after images of a few projects;

Overgrown treesCompleted vegetation clearance
overgrown brambles in a field corner and edge of pony paddocks

We have also cleared back overgrown trees for horsebox access on various yards, below is one yard in Surrey.

This is just a small selection of some of our projects, if you have overgrown field boundaries or hedges then why not contact us to get them back into shape, this can usually improve the health of the hedge as well as expand its use to wildlife. The cut and mulched material is useful for bugs, Beatles and other small creatures whilst the new thicker healthier growth is better for bird nests and hiding places.

On top of that, any substantial wood is harvested and used for biomass, thus reducing fossil fuel usage, who knew just cutting a hedge could be so beneficial?!

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