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.
During the training course, you will have the opportunity to make a panel or screen woven from Hazel. You can expect your finished hurdle to be 6ft in length and up to 4ft in height, therefore, you will need to ensure you have sufficient room on or in your car so you can take your finished work home!
Full-day: £230.00 per person
2 Days: 9:00am – 04:00pm
… In Paul we had an extremely friendly, informative, hands-on teacher. We were taken step by step through the whole process, from choosing our own hazel rods for the frame and weave, through preparing them for their different purposes, building the frame and finally weaving the split rods … A real mind-clearing exercise. Thank you Lorraine and Paul for a thoroughly well organised, enjoyable and fulfilling course. And a wonderful hurdle to take home at the end.
A fabulous outdoor weekend learning new skills and an ancient craft. All in all a very rewarding challenge and I was so pleased to go home with my own wattle hurdle to treasure in the garden.
I enjoyed a great two day course at Hedges and Hurdles. Expert tuition from Paul who practices the craft at the highest level and who cleary cares about passing on his knowledge. Lorraine made us all very welcome and kept the group supplied with hot food and drinks to sustain us through the weekend. Having done this course I feel equipped to have a go myself.