The art of hedge laying is to partially sever and lay over the stems which once secured by steaks, form a barrier.
This has a multitude of benefits. It rejuvenates the hedge, allows light to the area increasing flower growth and provides a source of timber.
It is common practice to control hedges with mechanical flails. This prevents annual flowering and fruiting of tree species, depriving wildlife. Allowing a hedge to grow for 10-15 years then laying provides years of nectar and food for wildlife and a harvest of timber for man.
Without management, hedges would revert back to being lines a trees. Trees, whilst wonderful do not provide a natural stock proof barrier.
Magnus provides a complete hedge management service.