As someone starting out growing a hedge I would appreciate some advice. In February I planted some privet hedges and would like some advice on pruning to encourage growth now that they seem to be growing. I am nervous about cutting off too much as although they are tall they are very thin. Can any one give me some advice about how much to cut or where to cut. Should I just cut off the tops or should I work my way down cutting off a little at each branch? Also should I make sure some leaves are left on. I have included a photo as hopefully this helps.