Last year during our Year of Living Englishly I wrote about my cousin Gordon’s work pleaching a hedge, and now I’ve come back to check on it.

Pleaching is a centuries-old art in which hedges are almost severed at ground-level and laid horizontal so that new shoots, growing vertically towards the sun, will create a lattice-like, growing “fence” that will be a home to wildlife and a natural barrier for farm animals.

Here’s Gordon’s hedge last year right after he pleached it:

The hedge right after Gordon pleached it last year.

Now, here’s the hedge as it looked today:  full of life with its sprigs growing towards the sun!

Gordon's pleached hedge one year later

Gordon’s pleached hedge one year later


And, speaking of new life, here’s Meg with Millie’s eight puppies which haven’t yet opened their eyes.