Since we took on the plot, trimming the hedge has been one of those important but non-urgent jobs that we never quite got around to. Before Christmas, I managed to borrow the allotment association hedge trimmers, and savagely (and messily) attack a very short section of hedge just to see how they work. Then came the snow, and flu, and Christmas and New Year, and nothing else got done.
Until now. Today, we finally finished the job. It’s not pretty, and our arms will probably ache for weeks, but our 10ft hedge is now a 5ft hedge, and the plot feels noticeably brighter.