hedge laying & open cuts
Ive put this here rather than the floara and fauna section as hedge laying is well recognised as a traditional craft but lookiing at some the other day it occured to me that the process leaves a very large area of exposed wood which is then open to infection or anything else.
Is it that its not really a problem and the typical hedgerow species are hardy enpough not to fall foul of anything or because its an old skill it was not particularly a point of interest back in the day? Are there a lot more arboracutlral deseases now with the poor controll of imported plants over the last 20 years or so?
Im just comparing with the amount of care usually done when removing a limb etc from a tree to prevent infection and not to leave a large area of dammage. Especially given that for a hawthorn to be a significant diameter its going to be older than you might think (well ok us here might appreciate that).
So no opinion either way yet - im a big fan of layed hedges and traditional crafts but also very fond of old hawthorns.
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