The most challenging work, however, has been getting to grips with restoring the neglected and overgrown hedgerows that enclose the site on two sides. They were tall, bushy and tangled and full of dead wood that needed to be removed before we could see what we were left to work with. Unfortunately, whilst the row of tall black pines provides shelter, they also make it very hard for the hedgerow to compete, hence sections of it are in gappy and in very poor condition. By cutting it back down to approx 4ft, new growth will be encouraged to regenerate the hedge. Despite the daunting prospect, the hedgerows have begun to take shape and, as they have been reduced in height, the view across the golf course has become visible for the first time in many years. The hedgerows are no longer a tangled mess and now add to the impression given to visitors that this special site is being cared for.