cutting down hedges…

is it wrong...?

is it wrong...?

….is wrong!! According to Neil Faulkes… not when it is the right thing to do. Pause. Please read on…

Neil was the brains behind the hlai event that took place at Sonairte Ecology centre Saturday 7th February ’09 – on hedge laying. I went along. I didn’t realise it was a course that was being done. But I paid my €3 in the door and went along to see what it was all about.

I watched Neil as the chainsaws and butchering tools literally hacked lumps out of the boundary hedge and brought them to a mere stump!! Is this correct one may ask? The answer is – yes – when it is right to do so.

What hedgelaying [in short] does is:

  • the hedge is cut to a stump which will regenerate
  • the mature wood just cut is staked down and then interwoven across
  • fresh whips are planted behind the screen where nothing is growing
  • the new/ fresh fence provides protection to the new plants
  • a stronger, better hedgegrow results.
  • a new/ better/ stronger ‘ecosystem’ and hedgerow has been developed
Neil and peter

Neil and peter

So would I go doing this in your back garden… possibly not! But it is great for people to understand this theory because in Ireland for no matter what reason – sometimes – if a tree/ hedge is felled – one is considered a butcher. And whilst butchers do exist – it is in my experience, for the greater good than the amputation [you know what I mean…!] is performed.

If you would like to see the hedge layers work you can pop out to Sonairte in Laytown, Co. Meath or take a browse through the photographs below.

Either or, Sonairte is well worth a visit [i will do another post on it soon] and really good for kids to get a visual understanding of how it [and it does] all work when you are soooo environmentally concious.

4 replies
  1. Thomas
    Thomas says:

    Fair enough! I have to put a fence in place anyway to stop the dogs running wild! I started cutting them back as you advised, should be topping them fairly soon!

  2. Peter Donegan MI Hort
    Peter Donegan MI Hort says:

    *puts on hurling helmet belonging to one of the Cork hurlers* [do they still play anymore?] *and hides in the shed* keep up the good work tommy – you never know you might even grow some muscles 😆

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