Time to take care of hedges, bushes and undergrowth – February 2019

Hedges and bushes can enhance church buildings with an attractive setting, a splash of colour through stunning blossoms and beautiful aromas. However, unkempt or overgrown hedges and bushes can also detract from church buildings. They can often block natural light into a building and become out of scale with their setting, frustrate or even prevent easy access on foot and, where they are too close 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/cutting back can be helpful to the health of a plant.