Hedge Laying Course - 5th March 2016

It is some time since my last blog but rest assured I have not been sitting on my laurels. The news that the Wilderness Centre has re-opened has spread!  We have been inundated with enquiries and bookings are coming in fast and furious.  This academic year is all but full with school bookings; just the odd date here and there remaining available.  The next academic year is starting to book up too.  The response has been fantastic and all of us here at the Wilderness Centre thank you for your support.

In addition to our school bookings, we have welcomed guests from unexpected sources, from family weekend bookings to LARPers (Live Action Role Play).  The eclectic mix of opportunities that the Centre offers our community is just one of the things I love.

With the Centre’s core aim at heart, i.e. outdoor education, we recently decided to run a hedge laying course. I was able to attend the course myself and (call me biased) but it has to be the best course I have ever attended!  I have frequented many courses in my personal life as a smallholder, but what this course offered me was hands on training and a personal touch.  We kept the course small with limited attendees and this led to quality training and satisfaction at the end of course; I walked away knowing what I was doing!

image001.jpgJamie, our instructor. A mine of information. image003.jpgCutting back and clearing. The start of our hedge! image005.jpgPreparation from the other side of the hedge. Clearing out dead wood and side branches. image007.jpgDiscussing the next steps! image009.jpgThe art of the cut. image011.jpgTeamwork! image013.jpgGirl power! image015.jpgBinding the hedge. image017.jpgThe completed hedge. I can’t wait to see it in the Spring. image019.jpg image021.jpg image023.jpgThe hedge laying team!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my blog.  We have the hedge laying bug and are now planning a Coppicing Course.  Watch this space. 

Until next time, Deborah.

Deborah Blackmore
Office Manager
Posted 10th March 2015