Copicing & Wattle Hurdle Making Courses

Enjoy the experience of learning a heritage skill (or two)! Learn the art of Coppicing and making traditional Wattle Hurdles within a woodland coppice, nestled within the Surrey Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty.

This two-day training course is delivered by Paul Matthews a Hedgelaying and Hurdle making professional.

Paul is highly skilled at ‘hurdle making’, this is an age-old practice of weaving cleft hazel rods through upright hazel rods. Hurdles are used as a rustic, practical and attractive alternative to modern-day fencing panels. These skills can also be used to make rustic arches as shown below:

Rustic Woven Arch

During the training course, you will have the opportunity to make a panel or screen woven from Hazel and if you have room on the roof of your car you are welcome to take your finished work home!

Hill House Farm hosted our courses in January and February of 2019, see our short film below:



We will be running our 2020/21 training courses in the woodlands of Norbury Park, Fetcham, Surrey.

Who should attend?

The courses are open to both men, women and children over 10 years old. We can facilitate individual bookings and private groups. This course is great as a team-building activity!

When are the courses?

The training courses take place during selected weekends between October to February 2020. The course is spread over two days, commencing at 9.00 a.m. each day through to 4.00 p.m. with an hour break for lunch.

Please note that courses will be limited for 2020/21 as Paul is expecting to be booked up with Commerical hedgelaying work so has limited time available. Therefore, bookings will be on a first come first serve basis.


What will I learn?

SATURDAY: Coppicing

Following an introduction to the course, you will spend the day learning how to coppice the hazel rods used to make the hurdles from the neighbouring woodlands and prepare them ready for use.

SUNDAY: Hurdle making

Using Hazel rods you will learn how to cleave the wood and weave it into a fencing panel or screen.


Adults £230.00


We can’t confirm the menu until nearer the time but it will be delicious!

A Vegetarian option can also be provided on request, please state your dietary requirements when completing the online booking form.

Course suitability

We welcome both novices and intermediates training up to 10 individuals per course. Private groups are also welcome.

Bespoke courses

If you would like a bespoke training course this can be discussed with the organiser and a quotation provided. The trainer maybe willing to travel to undertake the course elsewhere e.g. on your own land. Training is not necessarily restricted to weekends, please inform the organiser of the dates you would like to be considered.

What shall I bring with me?

We will supply all the required tools and protection required. You will be cutting with hand tools. If any chainsaw cutting is required this will be undertaken by the instructor for safety reasons.

You will remain in the open air throughout the day, therefore, participants should dress warmly and bring waterproofs and strong footwear.

Where can I park?

NEW POND FARM: Car parking is available at Earlswood Lakes car park, this is directly opposite the drive to the fields at New Pond Farm. Toilet facilities can also be found here.



Hedges & Hurdles reserves the right to alter or vary the programme due to events or circumstances beyond its reasonable control without being obliged to refund monies.

If the course is cancelled by the organiser for any reason we will contact you as soon as possible and will always endeavour to reschedule your booking for another date, however, if this is not possible a full refund will be provided.





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