Hedge Laying for Beginners
17/11/2018 @ 9:30 am - 18/11/2018 @ 4:30 pm£120 – £250
A two day practical hedge laying course for beginners with tutor Allan Housman. Learn the traditional craft of laying a hedge using hand tools.
You will learn the whole process so that you can confidently go away and lay your own hedges. We will cover the two predominant local styles, Midlands (with the woven binders along the top, traditionally a boundary for Cattle) and the local Welsh style (traditionally a boundary for sheep).
Bring Waterproofs, Work wear, Sturdy boots (steel toe caps advisable) & Gloves.
Hot Drinks: Tea & Coffee will be available on arrival. We will spend most of the weekend out in the field so bring your own flask of hot drink.
Lunch: We will provide a light lunch of Soup & a Roll (Please bring a packed lunch to fill up on if you think you will be hungry.)
Dogs – Please leave dogs at home.
This course is run in the Shropshire Powys boarders and is suitable for complete novices. Come and gain the confidence to lay your own hedge using this traditional craft.
Why should you lay a hedge?
A hedgerow left to its own devices will continue to grow upwards and outwards and eventually it will become a line of trees. Unlike a wire fence a good hedge provides essential shelter for the cattle, sheep, or other stock in the field. Hedges provide an important food and habitat resource for our wildlife and in many parts of the UK form the traditional field boundary. A well-managed hedgerow is thick and bushy, forming an impenetrable barrier to sheep and cattle.
Cattle will lean against a hedge and make gaps whilst Sheep push through the base; hedge laying prevents this. The cut stems, which are bent over at an angle, prevent Sheep from pushing through gaps. 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. A healthy hedge is a haven for wildlife. Regular trimming will keep a newly laid 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 put taken this description together information from the National Hedgelaying Society. For more information about the NHS and hedgelaying see their website: http://www.hedgelaying.org.uk
- Shropshire Traditional Skills
- Llynclys Common
Oswestry, Shropshire SY10 8LL United Kingdom + Google Map