Hedge laying is a centuries old country craft used to preserve thin hedgerows by encouraging new and thicker growth. The hedgerows were effective stock fences keeping cows and sheep contained in a field.
This craft has declined over the years due to the use of wire and removal of hedges to enlarge the fields, however this skill is as relevant today as it was years ago as no machine can replicate the work of a Hedgelayer.
In simple terms the hedge or small tree are cut almost through at the base, which are then laid over on its side on top of the previous one and so on.Stakes and binders are used to keep things in place.
Nature takes over so the hedge continues to produce new growth vertically, becoming more dense to create a natural barrier and provide a safe habitat for wildlife.
This practise is carried out at HWCP as an extra activity by a group of enthusiast volunteers who have an interest in old country crafts and traditional skills. Training courses to learn the Hedgelaying skills courses can be funded by CCVR.
It is important to keep these old traditions alive and is surprisingly satisfying. This activity takes place during the winter once a month. Tools are provided with tutoring and encouragement given in ample measure to volunteers who would like to participate.