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CPRE Hedgerow Heroes project

Traditional hedgelaying workshops

We ran 7 hedgelaying workshops in 2021/22 (4 in collaboration with other groups such as the Stepping Stones project - National Trust and Land, Life & Livelihoods).

We plan to run further workshops this winter. They are generally 2-day workshops and aimed at beginners. Tools are provided. 

Our workshops:

Our hedgelaying workshops are led by trainer, Richard Clarke (from Really Rural). Richard 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)

Our workshops are offered free of charge and places are strictly limited.