Introduction to Basic Hedge Laying

Introduction to Hedge laying

Hedgelaying is an ancient traditional countryside craft with many different regional styles. It involves partially cutting through the stems, laying them over and weaving them together to produce a thick living barrier which then regrows from the base.

The basic principals of the cutting method are the same for all the regional styles, but the weaving, staking and presentation of the hedge differs between regions. This reflects the differences in the agricultural systems and practices of the different parts of the country, whether it is a sheep rearing area, cattle rearing or even arable farming area.

The Hedgelaying season is from Mid October to the end of March when the hedge-plants are in their dormant period.

Theses courses will be run by Andrew Kirkwood champion hedge layer.

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Introduction to Basic Hedge Laying with Andrew Kirkwood

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course you should be able to:
1) To be able to identify and maintain the tools needed for hedgelaying.
2) To identify the hazards associated with hedgelaying activities and to be able to work in a safe and effective manner.
3) To be able to successfully cut and lay a section of hedge in the local style.
4) To understand the aftercare and subsequent management of the hedge.

Training fee £150 +VAT = £180 per person

All fees are payable upon booking.

You will require:
1) Coveralls or old clothing.
2) Safety footwear.
3) Welding style gauntlet leather gloves e.g Re-enforced welding gauntlet or Welding Gauntlet
4) Safety glasses or helmet with mesh visor (chainsaw style).
5) Waterproofs.
6) Dinner and drinks.
And bags of enthusiasm!

We will provide other specific equipment for the training.

Two days training.

You will receive a Lowe Maintenance Certificate of Completion.

Winter 2018 dates to follow, watch this space!

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