Hedgelaying is a country skill found across most of the UK, and is thought to date back as far as Roman times.
Over a period of time, many different styles have evolved depending on location, the stock and the land, but all work to produce the same goals, some of these being
Retaining livestock: Various finished heights maybe seen depending on stock, a laid hedge is a living fence
To provide greater weather protection for crops and local wildlife
When laid a hedge becomes a safer passage for the smaller wildlife to travel along, and for larger stock to shelter against.
The theory behind Hedgelaying is easy; the practice is not – requiring skill and experience more indepth details & info can be found covering Regional Styles, Groups Contests & Training on The National Hedgelaying Society pages at www.hedgelaying.org.uk
Styles laid by myself are Dorset, Devon, South Of England, North Somerset.
Dorset/Devon Hedges this is a low hedge flat to the ground or bank, a style suited to the control and shelter of sheep on downland. The pleachers are laid as low as possible and then with a hazel binder/bond tucked under a pleacher on one side, and passed over the hedge and tucked under the other side. This could also be done internally so as not to be seen (Dorset Style) , or held by crooks (Devon style)