A two day practical hedge laying course for beginners with tutor Allan Housman. Learn the traditional craft of laying a hedge using hand tools in the Midlands style.
9:30am – 4:00pm
To book your place and for more details please contact us on 01938 561741 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bring Waterproofs, Work wear, Sturdy boots (steel toe caps advisable) & Gloves.
Lunch: Please bring a packed lunch and a flask of hot drink.
Dogs – Please leave dogs at home.
This course run in the Shropshire Powys boarders is suitable for complete novices. Come and gain the confidence to lay your own hedge using this traditional craft.
Why should I lay a hedge?
If left alone a hedgerow it will continue to grow upwards and outwards and it will eventually become a line of trees. If you keep cattle or sheep a good hedge provides essential shelter unlike a wire a fence. Hedges provide an important food and habitat resource for our wildlife and are also valuable for their scenic value. A well-managed hedgerow is thick and bushy, therefore forming an impenetrable barrier to sheep and cattle and a haven for wildlife. Cattle will lean against a hedge and make gaps whilst Sheep push through the base, whilst hedge laying prevents this. Further more the cut stems, which are bent over at an angle, prevent the sheep pushing through the stakes driven into the hedge and the binding along the top makes the fence strong to resist the weight of cattle. Laying the hedge also tidies it up and encourages the shrubs to regenerate keeping the hedge bushy and healthy. Once a hedge has been laid regular trimming will keep it in good order for up to 50 years when it may be appropriate to lay the hedge again, or even coppice it.
We have taken this description from the National Hedgelaying Society website. For more information about the NHS and hedgelaying see: http://www.hedgelaying.org.uk