Hedgelaying in Oxfordshire
Hedgelaying is an ideal way of managing a hedge which has become a little tall and top heavy over the years. Leaving hedges unmanaged can lead to them becoming sparse at the bottom making gaps. I offer a hedgelaying service throughout Oxfordshire, North Wiltshire and East Gloucestershire. The method that I use is the traditional one here in Oxfordshire called the Midland Style.
It is also great for local conservation as thick, well managed hedges mean more wildlife habitat, especially for nesting birds who mainly nest in the bottom two metres of hedge.
Here is a short video made my a local Witney chap where I discuss hedgelaying in brief. This was filmed whilst working on the hedgerow at South Leigh Village Hall.
If you would like to discuss getting a hedge laid on your farm, in your garden or as part of a conservation project the please do get in contact.
I undertake hedgelaying each year throughout the autumn and winter months.
Below is a selection of some of the traditional tools. A mell or bosher made out of a piece of tree from a hedge which I recently worked on, an axe which is kept sharp enough to slice paper and a billhook which I acquired from a retired head gardener who himself got it at the beginning of his career from a retired head gardener.