Introduction to Hedgelaying

Course Aim: This course aims to offer participants the opportunity to learn or improve hedgelaying skills, based on the Cheshire Style of hedgelaying.? We also intend to consider the value of hedgelaying alongside other hedge management options and look at different styles of hedgelaying. Participants will also have the opportunity to complete one of the following units from the BTCV / NCFE Training programme:

- Unit 2122 Introduction to Hedgelaying ? (6 hours guided learning ? day one only)
- Unit 2123 Hedgelaying – Level One ? (12 hours guided learning ? days one and two only)
- Unit 2124 Hedgelaying ? Level Two ? (21 hours guided learning ? days one, two and three)

Once registered on the first day participants are welcome to attend on one, two or three days.? Certification will reflect the number of learning hours undertaken and level of competence achieved.

Course Objectives: At the end of the session the participant should be able to:-

- Understand the benefits of hedgelaying in relation to other hedge management practices.
- Determine whether a hedge is suitable for laying or whether other options should be considered.
- Identify the main tools and safety equipment used in hedgelaying and demonstrate their safe and effective use and maintenance.
- Trim up the hedge as required to allow safe and efficient working.
- Make the appropriate cuts using bowsaws and edged swinging tools to allow hedgerow trees and shrubs to be laid over as living pleachers, while also leaving stumps in a condition which promotes good re-growth.
- Break-in to a section of hedge, by laying pleachers out to one side.
- Stake-up the hedge to form a dense, sturdy and potentially stockproof barrier.
- Undertake final trimming to create an attractive and functional traditional landscape feature.
- Recognise different styles of hedgelaying and how these reflect local circumstances and agricultural practices.

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