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No need to hedge your bets with this heritage skills course

Ever fancied learning the traditional countryside management skill of hedge laying? If so, a course taking place next month is just what you're looking for.

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has arranged for professional hedge layer and experienced teacher Steve Clifton to lead a two-day course at Biddulph Grange Country Park teaching participants traditional techniques.

No prior knowledge of hedge laying is required to take part in the course, which takes place between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 March, but booking is essential.

Councillor Mike Bowen, cabinet member for leisure, parks and countryside, said: "This is a great opportunity to learn a heritage craft and have some fun in one of the best countryside venues in the Moorlands.

"Not only will those taking part learn skills they can use on their own land they'll also gain an appreciation of how hedges are managed. And with repeated laying hedges can last indefinitely so people learning how to lay could potentially leave their mark on the Moorlands landscape for generations to come!"

Native hedges are a priority habitat for conservation management in Staffordshire biodiversity actions plans with managed, layed hedges supporting more wildlife than unmanaged hedges.

So don't miss out on this opportunity - book your place now on 01538 395522. The course costs £50 and all tools, gloves and other personal protective equipment are provided. Participants are advised to wear warm layers, waterproof clothing, stout shoes or boots and bring a packed lunch.