Learn the lost art of hedgelaying in the Cotswolds

Cotswolds, Gloucestershire & Oxfordshire

Learn the ancient outdoor activity of hedgelaying in the Cotswolds and why it is so important to look after these historic boundaries.

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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 a rare skill.

There are many styles of hedgelaying throughout the UK. 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. On your activity holiday you will learn a range of specific skills, such as clearing and preparing the hedge, cutting and laying the pleachers, fixing the stakes and bindings, correctly using and maintaining hedge laying tools, plus the benefits of hedgelaying for wildlife and landowners.

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AA man hedgelaying in the Cotswolds © Cotswolds Conservation Board
AA man hedgelaying in the Cotswolds © Cotswolds Conservation Board
AA ladybird on a wheat crop © Jo Ward
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