Last month was a busy time for renovating and reshaping beech hedging.
The usual time to trim Beech (Fagus sylvatica) hedging is August and September, cutting off the new growth put on that year. Many of the leaves stay on the hedge over winter and turn the beautiful bronze colour that beech hedging is well known for.
If a hedge has become become too large or has grown out of shape, then it can be easily renovated as beech will grow from old wood.
The best time to do this is in February, while the hedge is still dormant. You may have to put up with a twiggy appearance for a couple of months but beech soon recovers. Here are some of the hedges I have reshaped this February.