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 breaking point!
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 gardener