ABOUT THE COURSE
On this training course in Hampshire, you will gain practical, hands on experience in the ancient art of hedgelaying (South of England style). A local hedge will be laid using traditional tools i.e. billhook, broad axe and hand saws. The stock proof barrier created will then be trimmed by hand and secured with stakes and top binding. You will also learn about the history of hedgerows in our landscape and their habitat importance.
THE COURSE WILL GIVE YOU
- Understand how to use the hand tools involved in hedgelaying
- Have practical experience of hedgelaying
- Have some knowledge about the history and importance of hedgerows
THIS COURSE IS SUITABLE FOR
No experience is necessary but due to the specific nature of the course, it will appeal to experienced gardeners, professionals and beginners alike.
WHAT TO BRING
- Sturdy footwear (e.g. walking boots), working clothes, including thick trousers, work gloves and a hat.
- Plus if you have them, please bring safety goggles, a wax jacket, bowsaw, lopers, and billhooks.
- A packed lunch or lunch can be purchased from the onsite, Beech Cafe.
ABOUT THE TUTOR
Les Brannon is an experienced teacher and woodsman. He has been coppicing hazel and sweet chestnut for nearly 15 years and makes a wide range of coppice products for sale to the public. He is also an experienced instructor in hedgelaying and is passionate about sharing his skills.