Hedge boundaries land survey

Who said boundaries can’t jump?

                                                                                                                                                           …     here’s the story of one that did!

Measure twice, cut once.
If you do not measure it you cannot manage it

These are just two of the many statements that Geomatics Surveyors understand like no other.

To measure according to the Oxford English Dictionary is “to ascertain the size, amount, or degree of (something) by using an instrument or device …” As a surveyor that almost always means collecting data relating to the Earth, otherwise known as spatial data, by way of a piece of specialist equipment. Everything from a total station to an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) may be deployed to accurately capture the area[s] in question.

Geomatics Surveyors’ know and are inherently sensitive to what one must not take for granted when using or relying on data from different sources. They know that previously produced maps or drawings may have limitations. They need to be verified as being representative of the current position, as it exists on the ground, otherwise you run the risk of what may result in a costly assumption!

Bearing that in mind, look at and consider the image above – it may assist you in your understanding of the importance of a ground truth survey to determine the physical location of features as they exist on the ground.

No, you are not seeing double. Yes, what was [and still is] the boundary hedge has in fact moved – c. 15 meters at one particular point. It was transplanted so as to incorporate a separate plot of ground into that of a much larger plot. The existing hedgerow was carefully lifted and then reinstated at its new location. The manner the works were done is extremely neat and the hedgerow is almost identical to its unmoved counterpart, in the centre of the photograph, save for the partially exposed earth at its base.

Move on c. 5 years. If anyone were to ask if you had the boundary hedge moved, it is reasonable to think that you may look at them and say no! After all the current topographical mapping in the particular area does not show the newly incorporated area as being distinct from the larger field, therefore, it is unlikely that would persuade you to say anything to the contrary. The hedge when reformed and settled in to its new location will most likely look no different to its remainder and by doing so lead you to think that it was always there.

If you have any survey requirements or are thinking of buying or selling, do not hesitate to contact us and we will verify that what you are being offered by way of a map is in fact the same as what exists on the ground.

Do not fall foul of unnecessary assumptions call Murphy Surveys, today, on 045484040 or email