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Hedge laying

Had a great day today learning how to hedge lay, got very wet it even hailed on us at one point, Its quite quick to do and you soon see the results. No slacking for me as the only girl on the course I had to make sure I kept up.
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Posted at 13th Nov 2010 - 09:07PM   Posted by Pimsonthelawn   Hedge laying Comments: 12

Faith's Avatar Well done Pims, keep up the good work!

Posted by: Faith on 13th Nov 2010 at 09:26PM

Withy Brook's Avatar Hard work Pimms - up the women!!!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 13th Nov 2010 at 10:09PM

Lampworkbeader's Avatar Hard work but fun I expect. Good for you!

Posted by: Lampworkbeader on 13th Nov 2010 at 10:36PM

Camilla's Avatar Well done Pimms, very hard work I suspect but fascinating in the laying of that hedge, will be lovely for it to attract all the beautiful wildlife.

Posted by: Camilla on 14th Nov 2010 at 12:09AM

Frances's Avatar Pimms, I think I have a general idea about what laying a hedge means, but please do feel free to fill me in a bit more. Any chance of a photo or two?


Posted by: Frances on 14th Nov 2010 at 01:55AM

Preseli Mags's Avatar Fabulous! Well done Pimms. I love to see a well laid hedge and the skill seems both in short supply and great demand. B did a course a few years ago and I'm still waiting for him to do our own hedge (taps foot).

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 14th Nov 2010 at 09:40AM

Arosebyanyothername's Avatar My son and DIL have a smallholding in Carmarthenshire and have just had a hedge laid. They will know who to ask next time.

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 14th Nov 2010 at 09:55AM

Westerwitch's Avatar Berlimey well done you - in actual fact I bet the boys were secretly trying to keep up with you!

Posted by: Westerwitch on 14th Nov 2010 at 04:38PM

Preseli Mags's Avatar I'm right on the Pembs-Carmarthenshire border here Arosie - I'll give your son and DIL a wave! (Mind you it's a big county. I wonder how far we are apart?)

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 14th Nov 2010 at 04:57PM

Pimsonthelawn's Avatar Frances, hedge laying intrigued me because of how the hedges are cut at the very bottom of the branches leaving the thinnest slice of stem almost cut completely through it seems impossible that anything can keep growing when its been so severely chopped but it does and makes the hedge thicker and stronger, then that part of the hedge is pushed towards the ground making an impenetrable barrier that animals can't get through. There are several regional styles of hedges too.
It rained so hard after our sunny start no more pictures were taken.

Posted by: Pimsonthelawn on 14th Nov 2010 at 08:37PM

Arosebyanyothername's Avatar There is a good description about hedgelaying and various pictures at this site Frances if you are interested here

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 14th Nov 2010 at 10:16PM

Frances's Avatar Pimms and Rosie, thank you so much!

I love any sort of process that will strengthen life at its roots! It is so interesting to learn a bit about the different regions' versions of hedgelaying.

May I step up the the hedge and volunteer as a participant in this, someday, somewhere? This site really opens my eyes to so many interests that I would truly love to see and do in person, not just view through my laptop screen.

Maybe I could mark my calendar for this time, next year, and be part of a hedgelaying team? (Do I have any idea about the the project for which I am volunteering?) xo

Posted by: Frances on 15th Nov 2010 at 12:17AM

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