Now is the time to be cutting hedges for the first time this season. Where a formal appearance is required then trim using sharp hand shears. The fastigiated Yew, Taxus baccata ‘Fastigiata’ can be seen in the attached image. This is in need of a gentle look over to preserve form and shape. Occasionally rogue shoots appear at odd angles for this upright form of the common Yew. Get right to the juncture from where these arose and with secateurs remove.
Before commencing work check along the length of the hedge for nesting birds. Should active nests be present delay cutting to prevent disturbance until the end of the breeding season which may be as late as the end of August.