Hedgelaying is a heritage skill which has been practiced for hundreds of years and is one of many techniques which can be used to manage hedgerows. A well-managed hedgerow is thick and bushy and creates an impenetrable barrier to sheep and cattle, whilst at the same time providing a refuge for wildlife as nesting habitat, shelter and a food source.  Left unmanaged, gaps will form in the hedge as it grows upwards and outwards, eventually becoming a line of trees; hedgelaying prevents this. During the course of the day you will practice the traditional craft of laying a hedge midlands style. Cut stems are bent over at an angle and secured with stakes and binders to promote regrowth at the base of the hedge. This keeps the hedge thick and healthy, and looks beautiful too!

This activity requires a good level of fitness and your team would be outside all day. Participants must dress appropriately for a day of outdoor activity, bearing in mind the time of year and the days weather forecast, and ensure we are aware of any health or mobility problems in advance. Walking boots and a waterproof coat are essential. We will provide all tools and PPE. Participants should bring a packed lunch, and plenty to drink. Your team will be eating out on the reserve so we would advise picnic type food.

This activity will be led by the expert team from Rutland Willows. Your team will meet at the Volunteer Training Centre at 9:15 for a 9:30 start. The day will finish at approximately 3:30pm.

Prices start at £700.00 for a group of up to eight people.

For more information contact our Community Engagement Officer via community@rutlandwater.org.uk

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