Best time of year to cut back a hedge?

Is there a recommended time of year to cut back the hedge so that you get the benefit for the longest period of time?

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Escallonia hedges. Escallonia can be trimmed in May and again in late August if you want a formal hedge without flowers. For an informal, flowering hedge, cut after flowering in June. Hard prune in the spring to reduce its size.
2nd Mar 2019
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Beech and hornbeam hedges can be pruned in August. They grow rapidly in the early part of the year, but need to grow a little after cutting to make sure there are no bare patches through the winter. If the hedges have grown too large, cut back hard in mid-winter, avoiding very cold spells.
6th Mar 2019
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Winter or spring is ideally the best time to cut back and trim hedges.
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