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Hedgelaying Courses

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Unfortunately all our hedgelaying courses for 2021/22 are now fully booked. We will post dates for the 2022/23 season in late March, after our Skills of the Hills event.

Our hedgelaying courses are held during the autumn and winter months of the year. We aim to run the courses on the first Saturday of each month. If the date clashes with other events then we occasionally move the course to a subsequent Saturday.

The course starts at nine thirty in the morning and finishes at about four o'clock in the afternoon. We break for lunch so you will need to bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink.

Please note that this season's courses will involve a few Covid-19 related precautions:

  • We won't be sharing instructors vehicles to get to the course site – everyone will have to travel in their own transport. We will still meet in the Village Hall car park but set off in convoy from there to the chosen hedge. Unfortunately class sizes will be limited by the available parking at the site.
  • Please bring your own gardening gloves. They will have to be substantial with leather/suede palms and capable of resisting blackthorn. Similarly, eye protection is a sensible precaution. Bring your own tools (billhook, loppers, pruning saw) if you have them but we will provide all the tools you need if you don't. All BHHA tools will be Covid sanitized before and after the course.
  • As the course takes place outdoors, face coverings won't be required by the BHHA but please do whatever you feel comfortable with.

The hedges we use belong to farmers around the village of Yarcombe in East Devon. The meeting point is usually Yarcombe village hall but we will contact you with all the location details and exact timings in the week prior to the course.

As noted above, we can provide tools for the day or you are welcome to bring your own. However, we don't expect you to bring a chainsaw. It is much better for us (from a safety point of view) if the use of chainsaws is restricted to the instructors.

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Note that the weather plays a great part in scheduling these courses. If it is too wet then we postpone the course for safety reasons. If this happens we try to reschedule the course for the following Saturday if possible. It is important to supply a telephone number so we can contact you at short notice if this needs to happen.

(Also, please bear in mind that the courses are held in the Devon countryside and civilised toilet facilities are not usually available.)


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