I am the owner of an absolute monster of a beech hedge. It runs
North/South between our garden and the road. Its about 15 feet high,
6-8 feet wide and runs for about 200 yards. The hedge is about 40 years
old, the main trunks are 8-12 inches in diameter. Many of the
individual plants are (in my completely inexpert opinion) way too close
together at about 6 inch spacings some of them now grow out the ground
right next to each other.
Every year trimming the hedge gets a little higher, a little more
difficult, a little more dangerous, and this year I have reached
Take the whole thing out and start again?
I've seen some advice in this excellent forum about renovating the
hedge, is it do-able on such an old, huge hedge?
Thin it out and produce a line of effectively pollarded trees?
Cut it down to ground level and effectively coppice the trees, let them
sprout up from ground level and regrow the hedge?
Any help gratefully received from a frazzled and rather overwhelmed