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Commercial Hedgelaying

Hedgelaying is a management solution for overgrown hedges widely practised throughout the UK and Europe during the winter months. A country craft that rejuvenates existing hedgerows by encouraging them to put on new growth, Hedgelaying improves the overall structure and strength of a hedge providing protection for crops and wildlife.

Hedgelaying services are sub-contracted out to local authorities, organisations such as the National Trust and private residents and landowners including local farmers to ensure a stock-proof barrier. Paul lays hedges in both the South of England and Midland style.

Much of our commercial work is booked in advance, on a first-come-first-served basis. An initial consultation is usually required and may include a site visit before a quotation can be provided.

Hedgelaying Styles

There are more than 30 regional styles of hedgelaying across the UK and these differ depending on the climate, the types of shrubs and trees that grow in the hedge and the regional farming practises used.

The South of England Style of Hedgelaying has a double edge brush. Both sides of the hedge are trimmed and stakes are set in a single line, 18” apart then bound using binders. The stakes and binders are produced from coppiced woodland poles, these can be Sweet Chestnut, Hazel, Willow or even Birch.

Materials

The materials used for our commercial services are all coppiced locally within the borough of Reigate & Banstead. The material is harvested during the coppicing season commencing in October through to mid-March the following year. We use various materials including Hazel, Chestnut and Willow.

Paul Matthews

Paul Matthews is an accredited member of The National Hedge Laying Society, a charity dedicated to managing the traditional skills of hedgerow management and the South of England Hedelaying Society. Paul competes at local ploughing matches and national competitions run by the societies.

Hedgelaying is the only hedgerow maintenance method currently available which promotes regrowth from ground level and which will ensure the health and longevity of the hedgerow. Once a hedge has been layed regular trimming will keep it in good order for up to 50 years when it may be appropriate to lay the hedge again.

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