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No Hedge to High by John Bridge

Posted by sheiladearing on 03 Jan 2013 at 09:03 AM

For the last few years we have been finding a new innovative way of cutting the tops of our ‘New Garden’ hedges. With the hedges slowly creeping up each year and the difficult access, coupled with the various dangers of using ladders; using a hired M.E.W.P (Mobile Elevated Work Platform)or cherry picker known to some, saves time, effort and  increases productivity.

Armed with risk assessments, cones and more safety barriers than you can shake a stick at, our team of trained operatives begin work.

Productively was high as the basket is built for two people to share the work. Here we have Andrew Lane cutting and Peter Adams at the controls

Also planned, whist having easy access, was the dismantling of a Eucalyptus tree, Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. niphophila AGM, which had simply outgrown its position; looking wild and out of place in this formal location. On the bright side the herbaceous plantings on this border will thrive with less competition for soil nutrient and in the short term, the hedge cutting was far easier in an area that we have struggled with in previous years. So onwards and upwards I guess!

 Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. niphophila AGM which was removed.

The week ran fairly smoothly and on schedule until the last couple hedges when one of the machines’ hydraulic hoses blew, putting us out of action for a part day while we waited for the specialist repair team to arrive from North Devon Hoses. A quick repair was made and we were back on track finishing the beech and hornbeam and then onto the box and hollies! Whistling all the way.

The view from the basket with all booms extended, it’s a long way down!

It was an amazing week of weather with frosty mornings and clear blue skies so we took advantage of the chance to go up and take some pictures of the garden in all its winter glory.

Here is a selection of views taken from the elevated platform:

 Foliage Garden.

 Leading out into the Stream Field.

 The Potager.

 The Cottage Garden.

 Towards the Visitor Centre.

 Foliage and Plantsmans Gardens.

 Looking over the Hot Garden towards the Spiral Garden.



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