Hedgelaying is a traditional method of restoring an old, gappy hedge by encouraging regrowth from the base.
We can lay hedges ranging from a garden hedge of only a few metres, to large agricultural contracts.

William Daniel is an Accredited member of the National Hedgelaying Society, and is one of the country’s leading hedgelayers, with over 15 years experience in this traditional rural craft.

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A hedge needs to be at least 10 years old and 3 metres high to be suitable for laying. Most native species of hedge will respond well to laying with a hedge becoming bushy and stock proof after 2-3 years of regrowth. The stem of the plant is cut nearly all the way through to create a flexible hinge to then lay the stem over. This is repeated to build a wall of living stems to create a thick, bushy barrier.

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Once all the stems are layed, stakes are inserted along the length of the hedge with whippy rods, known as binders, woven through the top to tie the stakes together. This provides stability for the hedge until the new growth has become established.

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A Hornbeam hedge that has just been layed, and the same hedge after 2 years regrowth

We have over 15 years experience in this craft and have accumulated miles of successful hedgelaying.
Where a hedge is deemed unsuitable for laying then other options such as coppicing and pollarding are available. This combined with planting up the gaps can produce a hedge suitable for laying in the future.

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