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CPRE Hedgerow Heroes project

Traditional hedgelaying for beginners workshops

We are delighted to welcome back Richard Clarke from Really Rural to lead our hedgelaying  for beginners workshops this Autumn.

The venue this year will be The Firs, Pennerley, near Bishops Castle - a lovely (and easy!) Hawthorn hedge on a farm following regenerative principles of land management.


Workshops will last two days each with a final one, for improvers, being a single day.


Dates will be:


1.Thursday 5 October - Friday 6 October - fully booked

2. Monday 16 October - Tuesday 17 October - fully booked

3. Thursday 9 November - Friday 10 November - fully booked

4. Monday 13 November - Tuesday 14 November - fully booked

5. Wednesday 29 November (new date) (Improvers - 1 day workshop for past attendees from this or previous years) 4 spaces available. Please email Sarah on if you would like a place. Cost: £15.


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 token charge this year for these workshops: £25 per person (total) for the 2 day workshops and £15 for the one day workshop. NB if the cost is genuinely difficult we will consider applications for free places - please email Sarah on - thank you

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