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2017 November - Hedge Laying Working Party

Hedge Laying Working Party

Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November saw the first dedicated hedge laying working party of the winter, continuing the work achieved over the summer and during Outdoor Week.

The focus this weekend was on Doldeheuwydd Bank (between Brynglas and Dolgoch). Around 42 metres of hawthorn and hazel hedge was pruned and pleached, using the traditional method of billhooks, axes and hopefully skill! The carefully selected upright stem has enough wood removed using the billhook to lay it down and weave it around an upright stake, or around already pleached stems. This forms a structure for new growth, plus acts as an anti-sheep barrier (and looks more appropriate than a wire fence). The new hedges will improve shelter for lineside wildlife.

Some of the hedge we layed earlier in the year was strimmed back as part of the regrowth process. Our expert chainsaw operator also trimmed back some of the overhanging trees which will help improve views and keep the trees in good condition.


Already the views across the valley have opened up and improved. More hedgelaying working parties will take place over the winter.


Thanks to everyone who came along – it was an excellent and productive weekend. Billhooks are now on many attendees’ Christmas lists.

Photos by Keith Hayes, Sarah Freeman and Karen Willans



Start of Saturday work
Using a billhook to cut the wood away ready to pleach
Thinning out the existing stems before pleaching begins
Saturday work in progress
The works train passing Tynllwyn campsite en route to the hedge laying site
Sunday morning - ready to go!
Ready to turn the upright stems into a hedge
Hedge laying gang at work
Some of Sunday's hedge laying team taking a break
Work in progress
Previously laid hedge was strimmed as part of the growth cycle
Tidying up the site towards the end of the weekend

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Posted by Peter Bowyer on 22 November 2017

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