Hedgelaying is the traditional way of managing hedgerows. It declined significantly during the Second World War and subsequently with the increased mechanisation of farming, many hedges were grubbed out to create bigger fields. Hedgerows have been legally protected since 1997.
Hedgelaying involves partially severing the stems of the trees that form a hedge and then laying them flat or at an angle depending on the style of hedge. This reinvigorates a hedgerow and prevents it becoming tall and gappy with too little material low down. The same cannot be achieved with a flail.
There is often funding available through the Rural Payments Agency to help finance hedgelaying.
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