|The finished hedge|
The hedge, on a boundary shared with their English neighbours, was taking much-needed sunlight from a small pasture behind their old barn and definitely needed attention. The last trimming, many years ago, had left it bushy-headed but very bare at the base - useless for any stock control and difficult to manage.
|'Before' from the neighbours' field|
The slight rise in the field helped us decide which way to work and, after hacking through a growth of brambles, we were soon, literally, into the thick of it. Working alongside us was our friend and hostess, Gabrielle. Her husband, Stuart, and another volunteer, Andrew, were busy finishing off installing a staircase in a new gite.
The neighbours soon showed up and made a massive contribution by clearing all the brambles and bushy growth as soon as it was cut from the hedge. Some of the brambles were stripped of their fierce thorns and saved for binding the layered branches, or pleachers, together at the end. This would prevent them being blown about by the wind and weakening the hinge of sap-wood attached to the stump.
|Binding and stake detail|