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Over-trimmed hedgerows

This gallery shows examples of over-trimmed hedges, from moderately to severely over-trimmed, with key tell-tale signs that a hedge has been kept at the same point in its lifecycle too long.
We have added a description to most to show whether we think they are H1, H2 or H3 and what evidence the hedge is showing.

H1 Heavily over-trimmed, sometimes with a hard knuckle of scar material at the trim line.  H1 hedges are usually low and narrow, having been closely and frequently trimmed to the same lines, and lacking  branches and foliage in the lower parts.These hedges often have many gaps, with sparse stems the base of which may be gnarled or rotting, the gaps may have been filled by elder, sycamore or other invasive species.

 

H2 Over-trimmed hedges may have a hard knuckle of scar tissue at the trim line from being closely and frequently trimmed to the same line. H2 hedges are often low and narrow, with infrequent stems. They may be developing mushroom shaped growth where they lack branches and foliage in the lower parts, and the base canopy may or may not extend to the ground. 

 

H3 Over-trimmed hedges may or may not have a hard knuckle forming at the trim line. They still have frequent healthy stems but the base canopy may or may not extend to the ground as the hedge is starting to thin at the base.

 

PTES Hedgerow Survey *

Current Hedgerow Statistics

Length of hedgerow surveyed

562 km

Average number of woody species reported per 30m

3.6

* Statistics contain results from historic assessment results in addition to current online hedgerow surveys.