Bramble Clearance

If left unchecked brambles and ivy can get a foothold on your property and can take over. While brambles and ivy have their merits from an environmental point of view, they will also need controlling if they are completely dominating your green space.

Ecological consideration

In some cases ivy needs removing completely but generally we like to keep it to an acceptable level. Whether or not we like it as a plant, ivy plays an important role in the ecosystem giving shelter to small invertebrates. The flowers are an important source of nectar and honey bees produce a strongly flavoured dark honey from the flowers of ivy. Much later birds can be seen eating the ripe berries which keep them going until other sources of food are available.


Brambles may have more obvious benefits in terms of their ripe fruit. The flowers too are rich in pollen and nectar. The thorns and the impenetrable growth habit of the plant provides sanctuary for small mammals and a nesting habitat for certain birds. The plant is also used by the larvae of some moths before they pupate.

Why choose us...

Horticultural experts

Full consideration of the           environment & wildlife

 We love clearing brambles!

About Bramble Clearance

Bramble clearance

We love bramble clearance. Due consideration must be given to timing as a dense covering of mature brambles may be home to nesting birds. Where appropriate we use machinery clearance, other times digging by hand is far and away our favourite method. This is an integral part of integrated control, herbicide can also be used where appropriate. Hand digging really lets you get to the core of the problem and you are able to see how the plants grows. We are often asked if we get scratched and the answer is that we do a tiny bit but it's all about technique and protection from PPE!

Bramble root cluster
Bramble roots

Brambles have a varied root development and are one of the fastest growing plants in the garden

Bramble root removal

We also offer ivy clearance

Ivy clearance

Timing is important with managing ivy as you don't want to disturb any wildlife. With this in mind we like to adopt the approach of making ivy look managed, unless there is a case for removal. This way ivy can play its role in ecology but still fits our perception of a tidy garden.  Of course, there are situations when you need full removal and we can accommodate that also.

Why choose Garden Thyme for bramble clearance

We are a small family run business and offer a personal service with friendly staff that can respond to you quickly. We are passionate about gardening and have many years experience in horticulture. We are qualified in the removal of invasive plants and conscious of not killing surrounding plants in the process of removing the unwanted one, this is not the case with all companies. We will also provide you with a map of the area that we will treat.

Charles Rodriguez

Q&A with Charles


When is the best time of year to remove brambles?


Brambles can be removed at any time of the year. However, it's important to consider the impact on wildlife, particularly to nesting birds that typically nest from the beginning of March to end of August. We have a range of methods for dealing with brambles suited to different seasons and varying conditions, so get in touch and we can discuss the best solution for you.

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