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Hedge laying course 1st and 2nd February 2020

A hedge laying weekend on Saturday and Sunday 1st - 2nd February 2020 Ladderedge Country Park

Under the expert tutorship of experienced teacher and professional hedge layer Steve Clifton participants will lay a section of hedgerow at Ladderedge Country Park using traditional techniques.

The course lasts from 10am to 4pm each day and costs just £50 for the full two day course per person. Booking is essential. Please telephone 01538 395522 to book a place.  Please wear layers, warm waterproof clothing stout shoes or boots and bring a packed lunch. All tools, gloves and other personal protective equipment are provided.  Early booking is advised as this course has been oversubscribed when included in events programmes in the past.  

No prior knowledge of hedge laying is necessary to attend the course. Previous participants varied from those wanting to learn a traditional craft and gain an appreciation of how hedges are managed, to those wanting to lay hedges on their land.

Hedge laying is a traditional form of management that creates a living stock proof barrier, an important wildlife habitat.  Stems are cut and bent.  Cut but still attached bent stems (pleachers) are staked to create a stock proof barrier, with new bushy growth arising from the cut stems. Repeated laying on a 20-50 year cycle maintains a hedge indefinitely. 

Native hedges are a priority habitat for conservation management in the Staffordshire and UK biodiversity action plans.  Managed, laid hedges support more wildlife than unmanaged hedges. Recent scientific research has found breeding birds are produce more young in traditionally laid hedges.