-Hedgelaying & planting-
Hedgelaying is a traditional country craft which goes back hundreds of years. This ancient skill involves cutting nearly all the way through the base of the hedge’s stems and laying them at an angle of 30 to 40 degrees. The stems are tucked tightly together and strengthened with vertical stakes and horizontal binders, and stumps are cut close to the ground to encourage growth from as low as possible. The outcome is a stronger hedge which not only continues as a living barrier, but also produces sturdier re-growth from the already established root system – and its thorny exterior protects itself from grazing stock. Hedgelaying has great conservation and wildlife value as well as being aesthetically pleasing, and only has to take place every 15 to 30 years.