Very annoying ... fortunately here most of the Ivy is not in the hedgerows ... there's lots of it but it tends to be on garden fences, climbing up trees and on walls ... not that there's much chance of our council cutting hedges anyway ! Still a week or so away from blooming though ... just as well ..chilly and windy today only the hardiest bees flying.....and the ivy in the hedges isn’t in flower yet
I looked after a twenty acre wood a while ago, when landscaping and wood-management was my work. There were hornbeam trees running through part of it, that looked like a hedge-line. I could see where it had once been cut & laid a great many years ago. There were deep pits, in one part of the wood, left over from clay digging I gather. I think that the 'hedge' had been utilised, or created, to prevent cattle and maybe humans from straying into danger. I have never seen such ancient hornbeam as these. They were so mysterious and totally beautiful!My apiary is surrounded by a Hornbeam hedge that I planted 30 years ago. It is totally bomb proof!
certainly puts the brakes on the wind . I trim it First week in June and again, first week in September.
anything more drastic has to wait until Winter as like the grape, it bleeds and could suffer from die back .
these two trimmings keep it thick , plus the September one causes a growth of leaves which copper beech like , manages to stay on over Winter!
War on blackberries here. They were introduced from the UK in the 1800's, but terrific for honeybees. Taste nice too, no doubt packed with vitamin C and E.They started round here three weeks ago. I always mourn the loss of sloes and blackberries.