Now that the wheat has been combined and there are no crops in the ground, it's a good chance to tidy up around the farm. Grass around the edge of the field can be cut, footpaths mown and hedges cut back. This year the hedgecutting programme is changing to encourage the fruit and nut production in the hedgerows around farm and so the best blackthorn, elder, bramble and hazel have been mapped out so they can be managed accordingly. Of course we still have to cut back the hedges by the public footpaths otherwise they'd grow out too far and block the path.Hedgecutting around Lakes Field where the branches were beginning to hang over the footpath.
Hedgecutting a video by anne.wheaton on Flickr.