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CPRE Hedgerow Heroes project

Traditional hedgelaying for beginners workshops

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

If you are interested in taking part in one of our hedgelaying workshops in future please contact us.

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


Workshops lasted two days each with a final one, for improvers, on a single day.


Dates were:


1.Thursday 5 October - Friday 6 October 

2. Monday 16 October - Tuesday 17 October 

3. Thursday 9 November - Friday 10 November 

4. Monday 13 November - Tuesday 14 November 

5. Wednesday 29 November (new date) (Improvers - 1 day workshop for past attendees from this or previous years) 


Places were 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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