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Learn to lay a hedge

Tuesday 12 January 2016

The Chilterns Conservation Board is offering the opportunity to learn the ancient skill of hedge-laying with one of the country’s foremost experts on traditional rural skills. Nigel Adams, named by Prince Charles as one of his top ten Champions of the Countryside, has over 30 years’ experience of hedge-laying. He will be leading the two-day course at Britwell Hill, near Watlington in south Oxfordshire, on 13th – 14th February 2016.

The course is suitable for novices and also those with some experience of hedge-laying who want to develop their skills further. It’s taking place in the lovely surroundings of Britwell Hill which has wonderful views over the Vale of Oxford. All tools and equipment are provided.hedge laying

Laying a hedge in the traditional way is very effective for maintaining the life and health of a hedge and making it a valuable home for wildlife. 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 much rarer.

Anyone can attend the course, no previous experience is required. To find out more and book a place visit our What's On section.

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