The initial appearance of a laid hedge varies enormously depending on what the hedge was like before. This hedge at Cogges Lane had a lot of gaps between old trees so the newly laid hedge looks quite thin in places at the moment.
On Standlake Common Nature Reserve volunteers, Martin and Jim, had easier material to work with as the trees were only planted ten years ago to provide a screen for the nature reserve lake.
The trees were close together and the result is a nice thick hedge.
Laying a new hedge like this will give it a solid foundation for the future and create a much better habitat for invertebrates, nesting birds and small mammals.