I have a long native mixed hedge that has not been looked after, most of the growth is now at the top with little at the bottom. It includes beech and hawthorn. There is a lack of standing dead wood to provide insects etc in the countryside.
My query is rather than cut every (e.g.) 5th plant down to encourage re-growth can I ring bark them in the place I would have cut them to provide dead wood AND to encourage re-growth from below.