Hillingdon

Find out how Harradine Garden Services restored a large housing estate in Hillingdon, where hedges had overgrown and weed trees had been left untreated for years.

Overgrown Escallonia Hedge growing across footpath
Overgrown Escallonia Hedge growing across footpath

Before

This large housing estate in Hillingdon had not been maintained properly for several years. Many of the shrubs and hedges were severely overgrown. Some, like this Escallonia, were obstructing footpaths and parking spaces. Weeds were also a major problem, and we found several large weed trees growing within the beds and hedges, some of which had been there for over ten years.

Some of the plants on this estate, such as the Hebe, Phormium and Euonymus, require expert knowledge and proper care. Hebe often dies when not pruned correctly and Phormium is tough and spikey, so some contractors will avoid pruning them. We removed a large amount of green waste and a whole bin bag of litter from this bed alone.

These plants were overgrown and required expert knowledge to prune them properly.
These plants were overgrown and required expert knowledge to prune them properly.

After

Restoration

Much of the initial work carried out on this site formed part of a major restoration. Weeds were cut back and treated - this involved removing several weed trees - and the overgrown hedges were cut right back. This type of restorative work tends to look very severe to begin with. The large amount of bare wood and lack of leaves can make it look as though the plants have died. However, at HGS we know when and how to cut shrubs and hedges so that they will not only survive, but thrive. There were also several areas where hedges were growing over the metal railings - these were cut back to size to expose the decorative ironwork as originally intended by the landscapers.

This hedge had to be almost cut in half!
This hedge had to be almost cut in half!
Restoration in progress
Restoration in progress

Result

Within just a few months, this site was beginning to thrive again. The shrubs that had to be cut back were putting on new leaves and flowering properly for the first time in years. The weeds and litter are under control, and the footpaths and car parks are no longer obstructed by overgrown shrubs.

The hedge has recovered and is no longer blocking the footpath.
The hedge has recovered and is no longer blocking the footpath.
One year later: This bed has recovered and is now thriving.
One year later: This bed has recovered and is now thriving.