I only use natural bindings and crooksticks to create a compact laid hedge.
String is not required. If required, I can trim out the logs for your use
or to create additional habitats.
Once a hedge has been laid it is also good practise to 'earth up' where the base
of the bank, which will have slumped over many years, is dug up and placed on
top of the bank. This completes the process of rejuvinating the hedge and
creating a stockproof barrier. The picture to the left shows a bank that
was earthed up in 2007, I laid the hedge again in 2014 and clearly demonstrates
its function as a stock proof barrier.
The pictures below shows regrowth after one year, note the abundance of
foxgloves that will be flowering next year, and regrowth after four years.