Hedges receive a thorough reshaping prune as part of their
winter maintenance, completed between November and February. The
summer prune focuses on cutting back vegetation restricting
footpaths and sightlines and is completed between July and October
with hand held hedge cutting equipment. Generally this enables the
Council to avoid unnecessarily disturbing nesting birds.
The following photographs show the grading system used by the
Council to assess and monitor hedge cutting operations, grade
A (acceptable) to grade D (works required).
If a hedge requires attention, please report any concerns to the
Council via the
All reports received by the Council are inspected, however if
works are programmed in for completion within the required
timescale no action will be taken thus allowing the Council's
in-house service provider to keep to their works programme.
Grade A is the standard expected when a hedge has been cut
during the winter prune. Grades B and C show the different stages
of a hedge as it grows over a period of time. When
a hedge reaches grade D, it is out of specification. Any
reports the Council receives which are grade D will be visited
within 10 days.
Hedge has been well maintained with
litter/weeds removed and even cut to top and sides.
Minor concerns, growth is not causing an
obstruction/hazard and programmed works to be carried out at next
Hedge causing minor obstruction but not
causing a hazard or restricting sight lines. If outside bird
nesting season (March to June), work to be carried out on the next
Hedge causing obstruction and restricting
sightlines. Work will be prioritised to reduce hazard and carried
out within 10 days.
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