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Hedge cutting against Road

In a week or 2 i will be cutting a hedge around 50 mtrs long on a road with a 2 foot grass verge no path, hedge only 5 feet or so no ladders needed, My question is what safety measures would you put in place up the road? Road sign (hedge cutting)  just before the start of the hedge & what else? Hi Viz clothing will be worn, would you use your van as a barrier too? road is narrow but would just about fit 2 vechiles side by side. Your thoughts would be much appreciated please.

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    I would go for the high Viz and warning signs as long as their placing doesn't cause any pedestrians to have to step out onto the road . 

    I would tuck my van out of sight off the road so it doesn't cause an obstructions to other drivers ,emergency services , cyclists etc if possible . 

    Are you cutting both sides of the hedge ?  If you cut the roadside first i always clear the brash away before going to cut the inside in case someone gets tangled up in it . 

    Two people are good on a job like this 

  • i would cut so that I am more facing the traffic than with my back to it. When doing the top would cut that from inside the garden where possible

  • If it’s a quiet country road with good visibility, i.e. not on a bend, I would just cut the hedge whilst watching what I’m doing. A two foot verge should be enough. Put the green bin at the oncoming traffic end of the hedge, half on the verge and half on the road.

  • Hi, I would do exactly as others have said. Also keep an eye out for passing horses/ pedestrians. People often appreciate it if you stop for a sec while they pass. 

    • yes working next to a road can be hazardous as quite apart from the risks to ones self it can distract other road users

  • Couple of cones not go a miss 

  • I've a very similar job on my books. The high vis and warning signs or cones are a given. My advice to you would be to be careful yourself, I'm presuming you wi have ear defenders and safety glasses, these restrict your hearing and vision and it can happen that you step back into the path of a car that you hadn't heard or seen. On a single track road there is no clear direction of traffic for you to face either, so it's easier to do than you may think.

    • even worse these days with the proliferation of near-silent electric cars. plus gangs of bicyclists who seem to use the public roads as their personal race track. Even using a relatively quiet cordless hedge trimmer they can catch you unawares. I wonder who would be held liable if a motorist instinctively swerved to avoid a small piece of vegetation as it fell from the hedge being trimmed

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    It's a long time since I did my 'Chapter 8' training but ideally working roadside warning signs 100ft down the road plus plenty of cones.  Now I don't do that myself nowadays but always a high vis & cones. It really depends how busy the road is & how wide as well how careful you have to be.

    As others say don't put your van in the way, you want vehicles to see you, not obscure their view. Place something like the waste bin or tonne bags just inside your cordon to visually stop traffic coming in. And work facing towards the traffic if possible.

    Good luck.


  • I cut a high hedge on a busyish road in a 30 zone with no verge or pavement. I just park my van on the road to block oncoming traffic and cut the top from the garden side. It's a bit dodgy but the drivers mainly take notice, slow down and give me a bit of space. 

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