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Hedgelaying (Midlands style) in the Cotswolds

On this activity an experienced instructor will guide you and your colleagues through the techniques of traditional, Midlands style, hedgelaying and the tools needed to do it. Then its over to you! Groups of 2-4 will work on a 8-10m section of hedge with the aim of having that section completely laid by the end of the day. We'll have a bonfire on the go to keep those fingers and toes warm during this traditionally winter activity as well as a regular supply of hot and cold refreshments.

With the introduction of tractor mounted flails traditional hedgelaying has become something of a dying art. By choosing this activity your group will help to create a natural stock proof barrier as well as providing a much needed habitat for birds and small mammals.

Locations available: various (across the Cotswolds)

Dates available: November - March

Group size: 8 - 50


1 day course = £70 per person

2 day course = £110 per person

A minimum of 8 people are required for this course.

During the activity you will learn to
  • clear/prepare the hedge
  • cut and lay the pleachers
  • fix the stakes and bindings (Midland Style only)
  • correctly use and maintain hedge laying tools
  • the benefits of hedgelaying for wildlife and landowners
All tools and equipment necessary for the course will be provided and the instructor will run through how each tool should be used during the activity. Gloves and goggles are also provided. Ample parking and toilet facilities will be available on or near to the work site.

Additional Information

The traditional art of hedgelaying has been part of the Cotswolds landscape for centuries. Originally used for the purposes of stock control, the skill of laying a hedge was once common practice. However, due to the introduction of cheaper and less labour intensive methods of stock control, this traditional form of land management is now a much rarer skill.

There are many styles of hedge-laying throughout the UK. Here in the Cotswolds the most commonly used are the Midlands style and the Somerset style and it is these that we teach on our courses and activities. For further information on the different hedgerow styles found in the Cotswolds visit www.hedgelaying.org.uk.

Contact us

For all activities we can provide a variety of catering options to suit to your needs and that of your team. For further information please contact our Rural Skills and Grants Officer, Ed Bonn on 01451 862032 or email ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk