Hedgelaying Training Courses @ Gate Street Barn, Gate Street Barn, Tuesday, 08. January 2019

Hedgelaying is a management solution for overgrown hedges widely practised throughout the UK and Europe during the winter months. A country craft that rejuvenates existing hedgerows by encouraging them to put on new growth, Hedgelaying improves the overall structure and strength of a hedge providing protection for crops and wildlife.
Professional instructor
This two-day training course is provided by Hedges & Hurdles owner, Paul Matthews a Hedgelaying and Hurdle making professional. Hedges & Hurdles has been in operation since 2000 contracting out services to local authorities, organisations such as the National Trust and private residents and landowners including local farmers who wish to ensure a stock-proof barrier around their land. Paul is a registered and active member of the South of England Hedgelaying Society and the National Hedge Laying Society of England & Wales. An active participant in Regional and National Hedgelaying competitions Paul was awarded the title of National Champion in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2017 and was also very proud to be awarded Supreme Champion status in 2015.

Based in a secluded setting of the Surrey Hills, Gate Street Barn boasts beautiful landscaped gardens and views of the working organic farm and a hobby herd of English Longhorn cattle. There is ample all-weather parking.
Please note SATNAVs are not always reliable around this area, to download a location map click here.
Who should attend?
The courses are open to both men, women and children over 10 years old. We can facilitate individual bookings and private groups. This course is great as a team building activity, something different for a Stag or Hen party and a perfect gift for a loved one!
We will be on the edge of a field, therefore, please note that Hedgelaying is not suitable for anybody unable to move around easily on rough ground.
When are the courses?
The training courses take place during selected dates from October 2018, through to February 2019. The course is spread over two days, commencing at 9.00 a.m. each day through to 4.00 p.m. with an hour break for lunch.
What will I learn?
Day one: Coppicing
Following an introduction to the course, you will spend the day learning how to coppice the stakes and binders from the surrounding woodlands and prepare them ready for use.
Day two: Hedgelaying
The Hedgelaying begins, you will have the option to work in pairs or if you prefer alone. You will be laying between 8 to 10 yds of hedge. All hedges will be laid in the South of England style, a double brush hedge.
Course suitability
We welcome both novices and intermediates training up to 10 individuals per course. Private groups are also welcome. For those who are already an experienced Hedgelayer, there will be an opportunity to learn a different style or two, pick up tips and learn new methods.
Bespoke courses
If you would like a bespoke training course this can be discussed with the organiser and a quoation provided.
What shall I bring with me?
We will supply all the required tools and protection including axes, billhooks, pruning saws and eye protection. Suitable gloves such as welding gauntlets are also required. If you do have your own tools and protection please bring these with you making sure all tools have been sharpened beforehand.
You will be cutting with hand tools. If any chainsaw cutting is required this will be undertaken by the instructor for safety reasons.
You will remain in the open air throughout the day, therefore, participants should dress warmly and bring waterproofs and strong footwear, preferably boots with toe caps.
Lunch & Refreshments
Tea and Coffee will be served on arrival and during breaks.
You can either bring your own pack lunch or order lunch through the organiser and pay on the day. Lunch includes home made soup of the day made from home grown produce, a sandwich or rolls with a choice of fillings plus a piece of fruit. You will need plenty to drink, bottled water will be provided.

Hedges & Hurdles reserves the right to alter or vary the programme due to events or circumstances beyond its reasonable control without being obliged to refund monies.
If the course is cancelled by the organiser for any reason e.g. if the course does not meet the minimum requirement of 5 participants, we will contact you as soon as possible and will always endeavour to reschedule your booking for another date, however, if this is not possible a full refund will be provided.

Tuesday, 08. January 2019, Gate Street Barn, Hedgelaying Training Courses @ Gate Street Barn

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