Please note: this courses is non-residential.

This two-day workshop offers both theory and practical sessions on the non-mechanised method of hedgelaying in the South of England style. Day one will cover topics such as the history, ecology and management of hedgerows, knowledge of the techniques and traditional tools used for hedgelaying and day two will be ‘out in the field’ working on a hedgerow. Course fee includes FSC fold-out chart: Guide to hedgerows.

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.

Tutor: Peter Vaughan

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.

Example Timetable


09.30 Registration and Refreshments at FSC Epping Forest
10.00 Course Starts
12:30 Lunch
15.45 Evaluation and taking your interest further
16.00 Course finishes


0930: Meet at agreed 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. Our courses include some classroom sessions but field visits may be a few hours long and involve walking over uneven ground.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • Personal and Travel Insurance

Before You Attend

What to Bring

  • Sensible clothing for the weather
  • Appropriate footwear
  • Lunch and Drinks (refreshments are provided)
  • Steel toe-capped footwear (Day 2)


  • Bring along bill hooks, axes and/or pruning saw on Day 1 for Peter to assess