Hedge Identification and pruning

bill108bill108 Posts: 3
Hi, I'm after some help. Can someone identify what this hedge is and also advise on pruning. Its about 5ft high and about 6ft deep I would like to reduce the height by about 2ft and reduce the depth by as much as is practical, obviously the original planting is somewhere near the center so I can only reduce the width by cutting from each side. If I cut it back hard when is the best time of year and also how well will it recover? Will  it get new growth from any point it is cut, not too worried if it takes a couple of seasons to fully recover.

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 56,261
    Hi and welcome 😊 

    We will need a closer photo please, so that we can see the leaves properly in order to make an identification. 
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  • bill108bill108 Posts: 3
    Thanks, do these help?
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 17,918
    Looks like beech to me, in which case maintenance pruning is done in August which means you can neaten the top and sides now - if you're sure there are no birds nesting in there.

    Renovation pruning to reduce size needs to be done in winter when you can cut it quite hard but I would advise doing the top and just one side this time and then the other side the following year so the plant isn't too stressed all at once.  This will also help if you get a severe winter or a late heavy frost after pruning.

    The RHS offers this advice - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=398 
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  • bill108bill108 Posts: 3
    Thanks Obelixx, that helps a lot. We thought it was Beech but its always good to get a second opinion.

    Nice bit of the world you are from, I have a sister with a house just south of Fontenay Le Comte
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 17,918
    Been there for the Sunday flea market.   We are over nearer the coast, between La Tranche and La Roche.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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