What It Takes to Maintain the Biggest Hedges in the U.K.

(“Blue Danube Waltz” by Johann Strauss II) (snip, snip) (snip, snip) (trimmer starts and revs) (click, click) – [Narrator] Welcome to
Powis Castle and Garden. Once home to a Welsh prince,
(upbeat orchestral music) now home to the biggest hedges in the UK. They’re around 400 years old, and it’s this guys job to cut them. – My name’s Dan Bull ,and
I’m the gardener here at Powis Castle and Garden. The larch hedges were
planted in the 18th century, and the fashion changed
in the Victorian era, and that’s the unique shape we have today. (upbeat music) We have 14 larch stumps on the terraces, and the big hedge, that’s approximately 8,000
square meters of hedging. The box hedges and the formal hedging is about 7,000 square meters. So in total, we have 15,000
square meters of hedges to cut. And one being 55 feet tall. – [Narrator] For anyone
who doesn’t like heights, might be best you look away now. – [Dan] One of the highlights for me is when we get the cherry pickers in, and spending the time
floating around the sky looking at the wildlife
and cutting the hedges. Fortunately, I quite like heights so it’s lovely being up there. – [Narrator] Back in
the day it took 10 men four months to trim all the hedges, tying ladders together
and using hand shears. Nowadays, Dan’s able to
complete the mammoth task in just eight weeks. – With mechanization,
we’ve been able to use electric and petrol hedge
cutters, long-reach hedge cutters. It’s a lot better than trying
to do it with a scythe. (gentle music) – [Narrator] Along with the hedges, Dan is among the seven gardeners who work throughout the
year, come rain or shine, to manage the ever evolving grounds. – [Dan] I do a bit of everything. Rather than being just stuck
in one part of the garden. I’ve been here for 12 years. I love coming to work. I’m quite lucky in my role. I get here early most mornings and take my dog round the garden, so it’s lovely. I’ll be here at seven
o’clock in the morning, the mists rising, and
you’re just looking over at the castle and the garden, and feel quite privileged
to be working here.


  1. OK he REALLY needs to reshape that hedge that crawls down to a lower level into a dinosaur, because that's the shape I thought I was looking at, at first. Talk about a tourist attraction! 🙂

  2. the only thing i can think while watching vidz like this: Welsh Prince robbed poor people blind to build ridiculous things & taxation is theft

  3. It really does make a difference when you like what you do . If you hate your job, find something else . Manifest destiny .

  4. I thought he was only going to use the shears on everything😂😂 bout to say, that’s gonna take you YEARS to finish bud lol

    Just know I’m a dumbass and believed myself lol

  5. Remember Anyone complaining about too many trees. Remind them we still don't know if Amazon burning has stopped. We need plants etc wherever we can breathe(oxygen). I myself live in a flat by a busy road. I recently got plants and put them in the balcony to freshen the air coming in the apartment. Don't know if it worked but a little greenery to look at sunrise with a cup of joe elevates one's mood.

  6. Been there done that the best is when you hit a wasp nest with the hedge saw😂 get high as shit after your stung

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