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Traditional Hedgelaying Workshop

  • Location: Epping Forest
  • Tutor: Peter Vaughan
  • Dates: Thursday 24 October 2019 to Friday 25 October 2019
  • Times: 09:30 AM - 04:00 PM
  • Level: Intermediate

Course Details

This two day workshop will cover the history, ecology and traditional, non-mechanised management of hedgerows on Day One, in the classroom, as well as regional styles of hedgerow laying and tool advice. Day Two is a practical; out 'in the field' applying newly acquired knowledge and techniques required for hedgelaying, using traditional tools and materials in the South of England style.

NOTE: Day One also includes an Advisory Session where participants can bring along photos /jpegs of hedgerows they may need guidance on and the tutor can advise future good practise to both renovate and/or maintain those hedgerows (subject to location distance the tutor may be able to offer a free site visit at a later date should you require further help).

Strictly no chainsaws - this course will cover the use of traditional tools only.

Course fee includes FSC publication 'A Guide to Hedgerows'.

Our Natural History and Exploring Nature and the Arts courses are aimed at those aged 18 and above. If you are interested in one of our courses but are under 18 at the time of the course beginning please contact the Centre hosting the course prior to booking to discuss the content and its suitability.


Peter Vaughan is a committee member of the Epping Forest Conservation Volunteers and has been involved in woodland management for the past 20 years, with a particular interest in hedgelaying. He is a member of the National Hedgelaying Society and also the South of England Hedgelaying Society and has competed in many competitions locally and nationally.


Day 1

  • 0930: Registration and Refreshments at FSC Epping Forest
  • 1000: Course Starts
  • 1545: Evaluation & Taking your interest further
  • 1600: Course finishes

Day 2

  • 0930: Meet at appointed field site (TBC)
  • 1600: Course finishes

All timings are approximate. This is an outline programme and may be subject to change according to the weather, requirements of the group or access restrictions to field sites on the day of the course.

What to Bring:

  • suitable outdoor clothing and stout footwear.
  • steel toe-capped footwear (Day 2)
  • Packed lun for both days.
  • Note taking materials

If you have them:

  • Not essential, but if you'd like to, bring along bill hooks, axes and/or pruning saw on Day 1 for Peter to assess

Health & Safety and Accessibility:

  • There will be a member of staff with first aid training and access to a first aid kit on site.
  • If you have special medical requirements please let us know as soon as possible so we can plan the course.
  • Our courses include some classroom sessions but field visits may be a few hours long and involve walking over uneven ground

Meeting Point / Location:

Day 1: FSC Epping Forest, Pauls Nursery Road, High Beach, Loughton, Essex IG10 4AF

Day 2: Direct to hedgelaying site (tbc)

FSC in Epping Forest:

FSC Epping Forest is situated in the heart of Epping Forest and manages the field centre on behalf of the City of London since its opening in 1971. As a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the forest is nationally important for wildlife and offers a wide range of learning opportunities.

Further Information

About Epping Forest
Directions to Epping Forest

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