Moving hedges

Devon hedges can be physically moved! Around new buildings, where roads need to be widened or visibility splays created, it is often possible to translocate hedges rather than remove them outright. Translocation can be cheaper than establishing a new hedge, will maintain the integrity and visual character of the original hedge and the surrounding landscape, and results in quick establishment.

Hedgebanks can be dragged or pushed in their new position, or if necessary lifted and rebuilt. Guidance, based on experience, on how to move hedges is available from the Devon Hedge Group in Devon hedges and development 1: moving hedges. Done well (it’s a major task requiring skill and care) the results can be remarkable!

Digger at work moving a hedge

Moving a hedge, Peter Chamberlain