Health & Safety


 We would like to assure our visitors and trainees that Hedges & Hurdles Country Craft & Skills is a COVID 19 secure organisation.

We have a comprehensive risk assessment in place which includes COVID 19 safety measures, this document is available for you to read here.

Our general risk assessment for Birtley Woodland Art Space can be found here.

We ensure we keep up to date and apply Government Guidelines that are in place at the time of any workshop or training course. We take key measures to ensure your safety (and ours) including but not limited to the following:

  • We will take your temperature on arrival to our workshop or training course.
  • We not only social distance due to the risk of COVID 19 infection we also distance trainees to reduce the risk of injury when using long materials such as Willow and Hazel. We therefore ensure between 1 and 3 metres distancing, depending on the activity being undertaken
  • For indoor workshops everyone is to wear a face masks at all times, this is optional for outdoor courses.
  • Staff will wear face vizors when within the 1 metre proximity of trainees.
  • We will provide water, soap and drying facilities at wash stations.
  • We will provide hand sanitiser for the occasions when people can’t wash their hands
  • We will avoid the sharing of tools and equipment where possible. However, if tools are to be shared we will ensure that these are cleaned before and after each use and users also sanitise their hands before use too.
  • Safety glasses and any other safety equipment used by trainees will be cleaned before and after use.
  • If we are working indoors or in a restricted outdoor space we will ensure a one-way system is in place.
  • We advise trainees to bring their own mugs if they would like tea or coffee. A member of staff will use disposable safety gloves for handling kettles, teaspoons etc.
  • The businesses where we run indoor workshops are all COVID 19 secure and have their own safety measures in place that we adhere to.
  • We will record a telephone number and name on arrival at an event for track and trace purposes.

As an education organisation we are allowed by law to run workshops. We prefer to run small workshop groups usually between 5 to 15 people, depending on the type of workshop or training course we are delivering and the space and number of staff that we have available.

The following has been extracted from the Government guidelines on 26th November 2020.

Where and when you can meet in larger groups

There are still circumstances in which you are allowed to meet others from outside your household or support bubble in larger groups, but this should not be for socialising and only for permitted purposes. A full list of these circumstances can be found in the regulations and includes:

  • for work purposes (including in other people’s homes where necessary, such as for nannies, cleaners or tradespeople
  • for providing voluntary or charitable services
  • for formal education or formal training
  • to provide emergency assistance and to facilitate a house move
  • to fulfil legal obligations or participate in legal proceedings
  • support groups that have to be delivered in person can continue with up to 15 participants where formally organised to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support – but they must take place at a premises other than a private home – ‘support group’ includes, but is not limited to, support to victims of crime, people in drug and alcohol recovery, new parents and guardians, people caring for those with long-term or terminal illnesses, or who are vulnerable, people facing issues relating to their sexuality or gender, those who have suffered bereavement, and vulnerable young people, including for them to meet youth workers
  • parent and child groups can continue where they provide support to parent and/or child, and children under 5 will not be counted within the 15 person limit – meaning parents and carers can attend such groups in larger numbers.
  • funerals of up to 30 people and some weddings can continue, as set out below








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