Course attendees laying a hedge on Hermitage Field Community Meadow

Traditional Hedge Laying

This January we were very fortunate to benefit from some superb work organised by the Lancashire and Westmorland Hedgelaying Association, who ran a four-day course on traditional hedge laying at Hermitage Field Community Meadow.

The project, with funding from the National Grid Landscape Enhancement Initiative (LEI), was arranged by Sandra Silk at Forest of Bowland National Landscape, with Joe Craig and David Whitaker from the Lancashire and Westmorland Hedgelaying Association.

Course attendees worked under the expert supervision of Joe and David to lay 130 metres of hedgerow along the edge of the footpath which runs parallel with Low Road.

Thank you to Joe and David who worked for four days training hedge layers. There was lots of discussion, stories, demonstrations and patient instruction – and the completed hedge looks great.

We arranged for the hedge to be layed late in the season so that wildlife could feast on the berries. Standard trees were also left along the length of the hedgerow to provide food and shelter for wildlife. We were less impressed by the unknown person who saw fit to cut down the beautiful Holly which was purposely left intact at the end of the hedgerow as breeding habitat for Holly Blue butterflies.

We would like to thank everyone who worked on this excellent project.

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