In a mature garden, brambles are a perpetual menace and need regular late-winter campaigns to keep them at bay. Self-sown into a hedge bottom, they assume heroic proportions before the unwelcome evidence presents itself.
Don suitable gear, get to the base of the brute with spade and trowel, and remove the rootstock. Then, cut up the awkward, reverse-spined wands into handy lengths, haul them out, fold them up and add them to the bonfire. You’ll earn your tea and cake.