CPRE Hedgerow Heroes project

Traditional hedgelaying workshops

We have received huge interest in these workshops so have closed applications early.

If you would like to put your name on the waiting list in case of cancellations or if we are able
to run another workshop, please do fill in the booking form and we will keep your
details on file and keep in touch. Sorry for any disappointment.

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CPRE Shropshire is delighted to be offering two 2-day workshops in traditional hedgelaying
in association with Really Rural.

on Thursday and Friday 4-5 November 2021, and
Saturday and Sunday 13-14 November 2021
(in beautiful South West Shropshire)

Come on a free two-day traditional hedgelaying workshop this autumn with trainer, Richard Clarke (from Really Rural). Richard has over 20 years experience working in forestry and conservation and is a lecturer in Countryside Management.

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 and screens to fields and gardens. 

  • 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)


We are offering two separate two-day workshops (Thursday & Friday 4-5 November
and Saturday & Sunday 13-14 November).


Places are limited and booking is essential.


Training will take place on sites in South West Shropshire (venue/s TBC).


All tools/safety equipment supplied. Please bring own lunch/refreshments.


Attendees need to have a reasonable level of fitness and be prepared to work outside in winter weather (however, the course may have to be postponed if a hard frost is forecast)

We are seeking attendees from Shropshire who are keen to learn and use these skills in future.