Taking care of hedges, bushes and undergrowth – February 2018

Hedges and bushes can enhance church buildings with an attractive setting. They can also add a splash of colour through stunning blossoms and provide beautiful aromas.  However, unkempt or overgrown hedges and bushes can also detract from church buildings.  The downsides are that they can often block natural light into a building, become out of scale with their setting, frustrate or even prevent easy access on foot and, where they are too close to buildings, even give rise to dampness.

In broad terms hedges should ideally not be cut back between March and August, as this is the bird nesting season.  So, if you do have any hedge cutting work, then plan to do it now in February or wait until later in the summer.  Moreover, careful pruning or cutting back can be helpful to the health of a plant