Down To Earth offers a hedge cutting service either as a “one off” or on a regular basis, thus removing the need for site visits and extra cost.
In our experience the most important aspect of hedge cutting is timing; different species of hedge plants require trimming at differing times of the year, but even more importantly, we would suggest that the bird nesting season is avoided (this might be any time between mid-February to mid-August, depending on the species of bird) unless you can be sure there are no nesting birds present. It is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to cause damage to or disturb nesting birds. Down to Earth will be pleased to advise on timing if required.
When trimming hedges, most of the time a stepladder and hedge cutting tool will suffice; there are times however when, particularly if a hedge is high and/or very wide, we will need to use a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP). This is required by law under the “Working At Height Regulations 2005” and although such machines incur an extra cost, are essential if our operatives are to work safely – the days of leaning ladders into a hedge are over!