The hornbeam hedges were planted as whips and protected from rabbits with guards and canes. We also undertook the removal of brambles and nettles from the bank. This had a few consequences as the bank was quite fragile and started to crumble.
We recommended re-planting the bank with Vinca major to help bind the bank soils and prevent any further erosion. The creeping stems of the vinca are self rooting and will cling to the bank and really bind the soils together. The vinca will also compete with necessary but unwanted grasses and ivy (to remove these now would cause much damage). Vinca will also provide a gorgeous purple flower.
The Vinca major was chosen over the popular Vinca minor because of its vigorous habit and its ability to smother out the competing vegetation.