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Before heading out to the fields we will teach you the theory of hedge-laying. You’ll learn when & why you might want to lay hedges before looking at techniques, tools and regional variations.
Head out to the Humble by Nature fields where Farmer Tim will demonstrate how to use the tools safely and lay a section of hedge. Then it’s time to have a go yourself.
Laying hedges is always hungry work! We’ll eat a delicious, hearty home-made lunch in the barn. This is a great time to talk technique, get to know your fellow course members and enjoy some great local food.
You’ll spend the rest of the afternoon practicing your technique. Farmer Tim will be on hand to help and guide you to create your own section of laid hedge.
We’ll finish the day with a cup of tea, some well deserved treats and the opportunity to ask any further questions.
Hedge-laying is the ancient craft of creating a living, natural boundary to a livestock field or garden. Using little more than a chopping tool called a billhook, an experienced hedge-layer can create 20 metres of laid hedge in a day, the natural old-fashioned way to stock-proof your field for sheep or cattle.
On this very hands-on course, our experienced farmer Tim Stephens will work alongside you to create a new laid hedge - everything from preparing the ground, to cutting wooden stakes and hazel bindings, to the skilled art of ‘pleaching’ – slicing the stem of a tree just enough to keep it alive and make it supple enough to become part of the laid hedge.
Hedge-laying season runs from October to March so be prepared to get wet and muddy! This course will give you the confidence and skill to create your own laid hedge.
Hedge-laying has to be done in late autumn & winter so it can be a cold, wet job. You will probably get muddy and scratched so bring good, weather-proof outdoor clothing and if possible good gardening gloves. All hedge-laying tools will be provided. This course is limited to 10 places so book early!
Thanks so much for the hedge laying course. Just excellent. Tim has a great way of leading this. A really good practical guide, lots of hand on experience and great fun. Very nice set up and great food. A really terrific day, thank you. Would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone who really wants to learn this great craft.
We have had the most fantastic day - thank you.
Great course, great food, great company. Diolch yn fawr.
The great food sustained us all and a great hands on day - creating a "layed" hedge.