Over the last two days I have been on an ‘Introduction to Hedgelaying’ course organised by the Heritage Skills Initiative at Cotsford Field, Horden, County Durham.
The course aim was to introduce the practical skills and tools necessary of traditional hedgelaying – a practice which is hundreds of years old and originates from the need to create a stockproof hedge to try and separate farm animals from crops.
Nowadays hedgerows are a vital part of the British countryside, as both a field boundary and a valuable wildlife habitat. Until recently hedgelaying had been in terminal decline along with the hedgerow itself. Thankfully this trend is now being slowly reversed and well managed hedgerows are now flourishing again…
The course was a lot of fun and the skills I’ve learnt will definitely be of use in the future. It’s also good to know that these traditional skills are not being forgotten!