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World's toughest gardening job? National Trust workers need cherry picker to trim huge hedges

World's toughest gardening job? National Trust workers need cherry picker to trim huge hedges

17 December 2015 Email this article

If you think tending to your garden is bad enough, spare a thought for National Trust workers who spend 10 weeks trimming a hedge

This is one job where you definitely need a hedge for heights.

National Trust workers are swapping shears for hydraulic platforms as they get stuck in to the mammoth task of taming the hedges at a country house.

Gardeners are busy pruning the mighty 400-year-old yews at Powis Castle in Wales and it will take them 10 weeks to finish the job.

Dan says: "It's basically like cutting your hedge at home but just a bit higher up in the air."

The visitor attraction contains around 8,500 sq. metres of formal hedging as well as 14 giant yews and 14 metre high terrace hedge which also measure a further 7,000 sq. metres.

Luckily for the current team advances in technology mean workers only spend around a fifth of the year tending to the hedges, unlike the four months their predecessors had to spend.