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CPRE Hedgerow Heroes project

Traditional hedgelaying workshops

We will be run seven hedgelaying workshops this winter, some of these in partnership with other organisations (Stepping Stones project - National Trust and Land, Life & Livelihoods)

All workshops have been fully booked with waiting lists.

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 this season, 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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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.


One 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 and screens to fields and gardens. 

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.