I have a hatred of hedges since my home is surrounded by those composed of beech and I have to cut/trim the things. The beech hedges round my home were possibly planted in the late 1800's with the thought, by the planter, that they'd never survive 50 years. These were the times when property had specific boundaries. Every year I try to keep the growth to around 2 metres, but it defeats me most of the time and I find it necessary to introduce those who understand the growth of these plants for hedges.
Modern day gardeners who plant beech hedges will always rue the day because, for only perhaps a couple of months a year (and I'm being liberal) leaves don't drop to excess. It's a nightmare these days to keep my access free of beech leaves but it's good exercise - although the daily removal of leaves from my property isn't on the healthly exercise list according to government guidelines. I should be out walking aimlessly or trudging the few miles to Tesco to buy my soon-to-be too expensive bottle of Tio Pepe.
I've now found the solution regarding my hedge problem - a tip from the Irish - although mine will be on a smaller scale and I've yet to find someone local to undertake the job.