In December 2016 Jason Turner, Forester at Hazel Hill Wood along with Kat Steele, Conservation and Education Officer, ran an introduction to traditional hedge laying course over three days. Attended by 4 local people and Hazel Hills very own ranger Jenny, the course provided both theory and practical skills. They used the ‘South of England’ style with a double binding along the top. The wonderful, newly laid hedge can be seen upon entering the woodland.
Hedgerows, mainly used to provide livestock barriers provide structure and strength as well as shelter for crops, livestock and wildlife.
Hedgelaying works because a well-managed hedge will provide food, shelter and protection for a diverse range of wildlife, improving biodiversity which in turn can benefit crops, quality of fields and grass for livestock while providing a barrier for livestock, shelter for crops as well as farm and land boundaries. To lay helps to thicken the hedge, it has a low outlay and doesn’t need constant attention.
If you are interested in learning please contact Kat Steele, if we have enough interest we may run another course in winter 2017.