Hedgelaying course

Here’s an update from one of the Skills of the Future trainees about a recent SHARE training course they attended:

Up until a day or two before the course started I didn’t have clue what hedge laying was. I thought it was basically hedge planting. The actual day it’s self was very educational and fun.

Allison of ‘Huxleyhedges’ began the day with a classroom introduction using work sheets, models and powerpoint to explain a little about her background, the tools and principles involved. After completing the theory side of our training we went out in to the field.

The hedge we would be laying had been prepared for us and all we had to do was concentrate on the actual cutting of the main stem/trunk and lay it. Sounds simple? I butchered my first one! The second one went a lot better and the third better again. By the end of the day I felt a lot more confident.

One thing I have learnt is that swinging the ‘billhook’, a big cleaver/chopper type thing is definitely a way to build up the bi-ceps! I am really looking forward to my next training day.

Scott Tampin,
Skills for the Future
Heritage Gardening Apprentice.

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