Posted: 02/09/2012 at 11:26
Thank you both. The branches are not coming from the bottom but are growing from one of the main stems and going straight up and tend not to bend easy. I was going to prune in Autumn as the branches seem to have gone mad and whip round (and break sometimes) in the wind, which we have had a lot of this year. Maybe, if I shortened them slightly and then pruned in the spring?