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 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.