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CPRE Hedgerow Heroes project

Traditional hedgelaying for beginners workshops
Winter 2024/25

We will run two hedgelaying workshops for beginners this autumn/winter with RIchard Clarke from Really Rural who has run many workshops for us over the last 3 years.

If you are interested in taking part in one of our hedgelaying workshops in future please contact us and ask to be put on the waiting list.

The hedge will be at The Firs, Pennerley, near Bishops Castle - a lovely (and easy!) Hawthorn hedge on a farm following regenerative principles of land management. We will complete the laying of this hedge started in 2024.


Workshops will last two days each.

Places are limited to 12 people per workshop.


Some background on our hedgelaying trainer

Richard Clarke (from Really Rural) has over 20 years experience working in forestry and conservation and is a lecturer in Countryside Management 

On our workshops, trainees can get started on a traditional country skill that helps improve a hedge's structure and strength. A laid hedge provides a stock proof barrier, weather protection to crops, a corridor and shelter for wildlife.

On our workshops you will:

  • Learn about the history and benefits of hedgelaying 

  • Discover hedgelaying techniques and tools (including maintenance of hand tools)

  • Get hands-on hedgelaying practice (Midland/Border cross style - clear out deadwood, select and laying pleachers, trimming, staking and binding)


Please note there will be a small charge this year for these workshops to help us cover costs: £40 per person (total) for the 2 day workshops. NB if the cost is genuinely difficult we will consider applications for free places - please email Sarah on - thank you

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