Exactly six years after planting 350 twigs and calling it a hedge, 15 volunteers from the Bridport Community Orchard spent Saturday nearly cutting them all down again! In fact, they were ‘laying’ the hedge – a traditional technique for ensuring it continues to be a useful stock proof barrier. The results of a long day’s work, fuelled by fire-baked potatoes, were very impressive and it is well worth a visit to this peaceful haven in the centre of town to see what community effort to work in a sustainable way can achieve. The hedge-laying project was supported by funding from Palmers Brewery Fund, with expertise from Nick Gray of Dorset Wildlife Trust and Andy Jefferies of Wild Days Conservation. Natural coppice materials used in the hedge were supplied by the Prime Coppice Working Woodland project (more information on this project at the foot of the page). Andy Jefferies
Above and below left: the hedge as it was
☼Some information about the hedge laying from Kit Vaughan, who supplied the hazel materials: "All the materials - hedging stakes and binders - are grown and harvested locally in the Marshwood Vale on a PrimeCoppice woodland project, which is restoring the semi-ancient oak and hazel coppice. All cutting is done by hand, eliminating the impact of tractors and machines in the wood, whilst also helping to resource and maintain the traditional craft of coppicing which is great for our local community and biodiversity".
UPDATE April 2015 Our laid fence is 'greening' very well!