The ‘pleaching’ of trees is a traditional practice of pruning a tree to form horizontal tiers of lateral growth.
Pleached trees look in keeping with the most traditional English garden, but have found a new niche in more modern gardens where a lack of privacy is so often a problem. They will create a leafy screen which will effectively and inoffensively block off intrusive windows from neighboring properties.
Now even more popular than traditional ‘pleached’ trees are ‘full screens’. In principle they are very similar except that instead of traditional tiers ‘full screens’ have a full framework of foliage creating a much more effective screen – see information brochure below for more details.
For more information about Pleached trees visit the RHS website.