Beech will grow approximately 30-60cm (1-2ft) per year if it is given good conditions for growth.
Planting hedges such as Beech, Hawthorn and Hornbeam (all deciduous hedging species), are best planted between mid-autumn and late winter, normally after the leaves have started to fall.
When planting bare root beech you should first measire the length of hedging required. Generally bare root beech is spaced 1ft apart, or 3 per metre. You can, however, space them a lot closer – if you want an instant hedge. The plants should be planted in a staggered pattern – rather than one straight line.