Develop your hedge laying skills

Saturday 28 January 2017 13:00 to 14:00:

Develop the skill of hedge-laying on this course organised by the Chilterns Conservation Board.

Please note - we are now offering a second day's training on Sunday (29th) for those who would like more practise.  The 2 day course will also be suitable for beginners.

The traditional art of hedge-laying was once common across the English countryside and many Chilterns hedges still show evidence of previous laying. Originally hedges were laid to create an impenetrable barrier to keep stock in fields and the skill of laying a hedge was once common practice. However, with modern fencing and mechanical hedge trimming, this traditional form of hedge management is now a much rarer skill.

There are many styles of hedge-laying throughout the UK. On this course you will learn the South of England style. For further information on the different hedgerow styles visit

Primarily suited for those who have already been on a hedge laying course or who have some experience of hedge laying, this is a day for getting stuck into a hedge with Nigel coaching as you go!

On this 1 day course you will:

  • clear/prepare the hedge
  • cut and lay the pleachers
  • fix the stakes and binders

Nigel Adams, an expert local hedge layer with over 30 years experience, will be leading the course.Nigel Adams next to layed hedge

Who the course is aimed at

Anyone interested in hedge-laying, though those with some previous experience will find the course useful for increasing their skills.

What to Bring

For this course you will need strong footwear, plenty of warm clothes, waterproofs, gloves (optional), a packed lunch and a drink.

What we provide

All tools and equipment necessary for the course will be provided and the instructor will run through how each tool should be used during the course. Gloves and goggles are also provided. Parking and a toilet will be available on or near to the work site.

Course fee: £55 (first day), £89 (for the 2 day course).

To Book: please contact Neil Jackson at the Chilterns Conservation Board to book your place, using the contact details below. Payment can be made by cheque or , for the 1 day course, online via Paypal in our Shop.

01844 355523
Organised by:
Chilterns Conservation Board
Fawley, north of Henley
Getting there:
Directions will be provided
Dogs allowed?:
Contact name:
Neil Jackson
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