Posted: 21/03/2015 at 19:16
Are the hedges being cut by the council or the landowner? If it's country roads, it may well be the latter.
This is the proper time of year for hedgecutting around farm land - farmers are not allowed to do it during what the Powers that Be call "flowering and fruiting times", so this is the time of year you'll see it happening. If there's a very overgrown hedge which is deemed to be affecting the traffic, the council can step in and do it - they may charge the landowner for this.
If hedges have been properly maintained - and you're not supposed to cut both sides in the same year - the use of a flail hedgecutter is fine - a good contractor will take the trouble to make several cuts - each taking a little at a time, so that there are only small pieces of twigs etc taken off at any one "go". For example, I get the hedge around my land cut by a local contractor who does a really good job, leaving the hedge wider at the bottom, and taking a lot of trouble to see that the debris consists of small pieces. I can tell which of the other people round here use him - the hedges look fine.
On the other hand, the person who owns land adjacent to mine has not cut the hedges for 10 years. This had led to the sort of overgrowth which means that the farm tractors/trailers go off the tarmac surface and on to the verges, causing the tarmac at the edges to crumble away. The local council were told about this and all they did was repair the tarmac (badly) with the result that it hasn't lasted - the hedges have grown even more, and the verges are badly damaged and a sea of mud. For some reason they haven't tackled the landowner about this, which is surprising as they did contact another person I know and told him to see to his hedges - or else!........