Cheshire Landscape Trust Hedgelaying Courses

Cheshire Landscape Trust is running workshops at Upper Moss Side by Moore Nature Reserve, Warrington to give a basic introduction to hedge laying.

The workshops will take place on Saturday 26th November and Friday 9th December 2011, from 10.00am to 3.00pm.

Expert tuition will be given on the techniques and traditions of hedge laying with full instruction on the tools and how to use them. We will be outside all day so please wear appropriate clothing and stout footwear.

Bring a packed lunch.

Places cost £20 and are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

To book your place, download the application form via the link belowand return it in the post as soon as possible to the Cheshire Landscape Trust. documents/Hedge Laying Flyer.doc

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Now available to download – ‘Hedgerows for Life’ – a guide for Parish Councils

Our new leaflet, ‘Hedgerows for Life’, is available to download at the following link:

Aimed at Town and Parish Councils, the leaflet gives advice and lists relevant contacts who can give advice or provide practical help and supplies to improve or plant new hedgerows.

Please get in touch if you would like more information.

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HEDGEROWS SEMINAR – full programme

Monday, 18th April 2011 – Reaseheath College, Nantwich

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL FOR THIS EVENT – if you would like to come along and have not yet booked your place, please contact Debbie Janney on 01606 835046, or email to register by 11th April 2011.


9.30-10.00 arrive, coffee
10.00-10.30 introductions and aspirations from organisations present; update on results from last seminar
10.30-11.10 ‘England’s Hedgerows – don’t cut them out’ – presentation by Emma Marrington
11.10-11.30 Coppice scheme presentation
11.30-11.50 Coffee Break
11.50 – 1.00 workshop session – proposed topics: 

-            Hedgerow Award Scheme – next steps

-            Schools hedgerow planting project

-            Hedgerow network newsletter/website

1.00-2.00 Lunch Break and networking opportunity
2.00-3.00 Plenary session – Improving Cheshire’s Hedgerows – how can we work together to take advantage of the opportunities and solve the problems?

There is no charge for this event, but booking is essential, and bookings must be received by 11th April 2011.

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Tree Felling with Hand Tools

Title: Tree Felling with Hand Tools
Location: Norley, Cheshire
Link out: Click here
Description: Provides students with an introduction to the techniques used in basic tree felling with hand tools
Date: 2009-02-06

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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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Introduction to Woodland Management

Title: Introduction to Woodland Management
Location: Cheshire
Link out: Click here
Date: 2009-01-09

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