Hedge laying is a rural skill with a long history in Britain and Ireland. There are many benefits to this traditional practice, from helping to maintain a healthy hedgerow ecosystem, to providing an effective field barrier for livestock, to providing a weather barrier to protect crops and garden plants. Like many rural skills, the practise of hedge laying suffered a decline during the 20th century, however there has been a significant resurgence in many traditional rural practises in recent years, and the benefits of hedge laying are becoming more and more recognised.
This course is aimed at people wanting to develop key rural skills, those with small-holdings, small farms, or hedge-bound gardens.
This year the course will be at Fowlescombe Farm near Ivybridge. The course will cover hedge laying methods, a talk about how this practise benefits the hedge, what happens if the hedge is NOT laid, health and safety issues and the tools of the trade. Most of the day will be spent actually practising the art for yourself, allowing you to take home the skills required to lay your own hedge.
Please note that larger trees and branches may need to be removed using a chainsaw. Your tutor will carry out this part of the process, and though you may observe this process, this will not be covered on this day as part of the training. If your hedges require an element of chainsawing, you will need to undertake a separate certified chainsaw course.
Participants should have sturdy footwear (wellies advisable!), and suitable clothing for a full day out and about – wet weather gear is advisable – just in case! Bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink. You will be provided with all the materials required to complete the tasks that will be set.
Health and Safety:
Before the visit you will be provided with a brief medical checklist that you will need to send to us prior to the visit. A risk assessment has been prepared and will be discussed in the trip briefing.
Please Contact us if you wish to sign up for this course