Neighbour cut beech hedge back hard

Hi,

My neighbour cut back my lovely thick beech hedge yesterday on her side of it but in my opinion within my property.

I don't want to get into a boundary dispute so I am wondering if her pruning it hard at this time of year is going to damage it??! She probably took approx 30-45% off the total width of it. 

Will this cause long term damage to the hedge?

Thanks in advance.

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  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 8,533

    I think it will be fine - just don't cut your side back to match this year.  The advice if you are trying to reclaim a beech hedge is to cut it back hard, one side one year, one side the next.  They regrow beautifully (been there, done thatimage) so I wouldn't worry.  And the advantage of doing it this time of year is that she won't have disturbed any nesting birds???

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 56,584

    I agree with Chicky - it will be fine - in fact it'll probably thicken it up quite nicely.  Nothing to worry about image

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  • Muddle-UpMuddle-Up Posts: 14,509

    That's exactly what we do with ours Padraigh, and they're very old, long-established ones.  

    It seems brutal, but does them no harm, stops them becoming over- 'leggy' and encroaching too much onto borders or grass underneath.  And as chicky says, there'll be no nesting birds to disturb at this time of year, so it's an all-round win!

    Cut the half on your side  ( or rather the side facing your garden ) this time next year.  Everything should be fine.

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  • Thanks so much for the advice. Really appreciate it.  I have no need to worry so or more importantly have any issue with my neighbour. Cheers image

  • Muddle-UpMuddle-Up Posts: 14,509

    You are more than welcome, Padraigh! image

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  • Mark56Mark56 Windsor, BerkshirePosts: 1,653

    They will recover well, don't fear. They grow very fast, I had similar concerns before too. Also, will probably help keep down the wooly beech aphids. 

  • imageThis is what happens when you plant a beech 'hedge' ...and then leave it alone for about 30 years!!

    [It was a 'tied' cottage that I lived in from 1977 > 1988]. New occupants obviously thought it ok to 'leave it a while' before topping it?

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