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Hedge Laying

Laying hedges is a technique for managing hedgerows. It involves cutting through the stems and then bending them over at an angle.

A laid hedge in Ferry Meadows

Although labour intensive work once the hedge is laid future maintenance is much easier as just regular trimming is required.

If left unmanaged hedgerows become tall and gappy and continue to grow upwards and outwards until eventually they become lines of trees. Laying the hedge encourages the shrubs to regenerate and creates a thick bushy hedge which is of much greater benefit for wildlife both for habitat and as a source of food.

One of the many jobs on the work programme for Rangers this month is laying one of the hedges on Ham Lane, the main approach road to Ferry Meadows.

On Saturday 26 November there will also be an opportunity to see Ranger Dave Linscott giving a demonstration of hedge laying in Ferry Meadows. It's a great opportunity to ask questions as well as learn all about the craft.

For more details on this event just go to the events section.