A neatly cut hedge can vastly improve the character and appearance of your garden, giving you back your intended outdoor aesthetic. It can also be important for the long-term health and viability of your hedge or bush to give it regular maintenance. Indeed, regular cutting will keep your shrub dense and compact, preventing it from becoming loose and leggy.

Where do we provide
hedge cutting services?

At Westbeams we provide hedge cutting services in the New Forest, Southampton and Bournemouth areas. However, if you have a large job further afield, we may still be able to help depending on the circumstances.



Westbeam’s expert arborists provide year-round maintenance for hedges, bushes, and shrubs. Our trimming and shaping work is carefully planned to ensure long-term health and wildlife protection.

We also clear up clippings in an eco-friendly manner, leaving your garden area clean and tidy. Give us a call and keep your topiary display or hedgerow in top condition.


Our team can carry out complete hedge removal services, including cutting and uprooting stumps, while ensuring safe disposal of all waste.

Unsure about regulations? Our team will investigate and work with your local planning authority to obtain removal permission if necessary.


Our hedge repair and maintenance services are designed to restore the health and appearance of your damaged hedges. Our team will assess the damage and create a plan to repair any issues.

From pest control to pruning and shaping, we will ensure your hedges are restored to their former beauty.

Regular maintenance can help prevent future damage and promote healthy growth. Give us a call today to organise regular hedge trimming to maintain your hedge’s shape and health.

Different kinds of hedges

With most deciduous hedges it is an annual task to remove the year’s excess growth and reimpose the desired dimensions. We usually undertake this kind of hedge-cutting work during July, August and September.

Meanwhile, evergreen hedges can be cut at almost any time of year if they have become overgrown and generally untidy. Having said that, the general rule is to avoid cutting a hedge at the peak growing season between March and July.

We have full arboricultural insurance and £10 million public liability cover. All our work is carried out according to HSE complaint risk assessments. All our arborists hold full NPTC qualifications.

We have full arboricultural insurance and £10 million public liability cover. All our work is carried out according to HSE complaint risk assessments. All our arborists hold full NPTC qualifications.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the function of hedge trimming?

Hedge trimming will keep your hedge looking smart, but that’s not all… Regular hedge trimming, once or twice a year, will enable you to maintain your hedge’s desired shape.

It will also help you train your hedge into the shape you want. As well as removing that season’s excess growth, hedge trimming will stimulate your hedge to bounce back, often making it bushier.

If you fail to trim your hedge regularly and allow it to become leggy, you will not be able to reduce it without causing damage.

What is the difference between hedge trimming and hedge pruning?

Hedge trimming is all about taking off the excess growth to maintain your desired shape and general appearance.

Meanwhile, hedge pruning is about reducing the height and width of your hedge proportionately. Hedge trimming, unsurprisingly, is performed using hedge trimmers.

Hedge pruning could be performed by hedge trimmers, but more likely by using loppers, secateurs and/or a small chainsaw.

When should you trim a hedge?

As a general rule, hedge trimming should be performed in early spring and/or late summer. The traditional cutting season for deciduous hedge cutting is July – September.

However, people are leaving it later than July nowadays due to the unusually high temperatures we have experienced in the south of England in recent years. Importantly, hedge trimming places stress on the shrub.

When you add intense sun, the stress can become intolerable for younger specimens. More mature hedges will most likely survive, but the remaining leaves will probably shrivel, leaving you with an unattractive hedge temporarily.

Evergreen hedge trimming can be performed at virtually any time of the year, within reason. In early spring we would never perform hedge trimming on a hedge that contained the nest of a protected bird.

Do I need permission for hedge removal?

If you have a mature hedge, especially in a conservation area, you may need hedge removal permission from your local authority.

At Westbeams, we know the legal process and relevant council officers well. This means we can apply for hedge removal permission on your behalf.

At some dwellings, particularly on housing estates, maintaining a hedge may be written into the covenant. In this situation, it would be up to you to check your rights regarding hedge removal.

How much does hedge trimming cost?

Naturally, the cost of hedge trimming will depend on the size of the job.

At Westbeams, we have all the industry equipment to perform hedge trimming jobs efficiently. This includes a chipper, which makes short work of disposing large pieces of hedge removed during hedge pruning jobs.


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