The “extreme pruning” of a hedge along the eastern part of Marine Parade has been questioned by residents.
The hedge, on the southern side of the road, had grown to about five feet, as can be seen in the lower picture on the story.
But earlier this week, it was “severely” pruned, leaving just six-inch high stumps, to the dismay of some – although the council said it had been done to promote stronger growth.
Brighton resident David Davis said: “Why has the council destroyed the hedge along Marine Parade? The entire thing has been hacked to 6 inch stumps.
“I know there’s cuts, but this is insane!”
However, a council spokeswoman reassured worried hedge lovers that the pruning was routine.
She said: “The hedge has been severely pruned to encourage it to grow back stronger. This is done about once a decade.”