Hedge laying, restoration & planting
Rural Skills Training delivers a number of standard and bespoke courses related to hedges and their management including hedge laying, restoration and planting.
Hedge laying is the ancient craft of laying an old or overgrown hedge to reinvigorate it and stimulate massive regrowth. Each hedge plant is partially cut trough at the base and the remainder still connected to the roots acts as a hinge allowing each plant to be woven around stakes to create a living and stock proof fence. There are wide ranging regional styles across the UK.
The standard two day hedge laying course provides participants with the practical skills and confidence necessary to lay an overgrown hedge. The techniques and principles of hedge laying and hedge coppicing are introduced to participants along with the wider considerations and knowledge of planting and establishing hedges, and including hedgerow conservation to form a course useful to crofters, land managers, gardeners and county side workers who are involved in creating hedgerows and with their ongoing management.
'Brilliant! Had a great time. Gave me the confidence to tackle hedge laying'
Hedge laying course participant, Cathkin Marsh, 2010