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:
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 created by Luke Watley-Bigg below:
We will be running our 2021/22 training courses at Bridgeham Wood, Wheelers Lane, Smallfield,
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!
The training courses take place during selected weekends between October to February the following year. 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.
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.
Using Hazel rods you will learn how to cleave the wood and weave it into a fencing panel or screen.
We welcome both novices and intermediates training up to 10 individuals per course. Private groups are also welcome.
If you would like a bespoke training course this can be discussed with the organiser and a quotation provided. The trainer may be 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.
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.
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.