As with all hedgelaying it initially appears quite drastic, but as with any reconstructive surgery, the new growth will soon cover any wounds and it will return to being a hedge, whilst bring light and visibility back to the New Meadow.
This layed hedge is one of many management tasks that the Friends are undertaking to comply with the High Level Stewardship Agreement with Natural England. A Scrub Management Plan has been drafted and areas of scrub and hedge are being cut back in places to bring about a diversity of hights and layers that will support more birds and other wildlife. Additional trees may also be planted to thicken out and provide variety.
The hedgelaying is being carried out by a qualified and experienced contractor but volunteers are always welcome to assist in moving brash and perhaps learning some of the art of hedgelaying. The work is being funded by Yorkshire Water in compensation for the additional work brought about by several major sewage leaks in recent years. The may be some burning of brash but anyone wanting logs for their woodburning stove is welcome to remove them (by agreement with the contractor).