hedgelaying course – 2 days

We have made some changes to our Course Program – please see our Course Update page for more information.

date: 19th – 20th November 2022
18th – 19th November 2023
overview: A practical, hands-on hedgelaying course, suitable for beginners and improvers. Use our coppiced stakes and binders (cut earlier in the season), and undertake an ancient hedge restoration and stock-proofing technique. An immensely satisfying and effective weekend.
start time: day 1: 9.30am tea/ introductions for 10am start
day 2: 10am
lunch: approx 1pm – 2pm
please bring a packed lunch. Hot drinks will be provided.
finish time: approx 4.30pm
cost: £200 per person
tutor:John Waller
cancellations: we will provide a full refund if you cancel your place more than 14 days in advance of the course start date. Please note that we will be unable to refund your course fee or transfer you to another course if you cancel your place less than 14 days before the start of the course.
what to wear: wear sturdy shoes or boots at all times. Please also wear warm, comfortable clothes that are suitable for the current weather conditions. You will be outside for most of the course.
course size: maximum of 8 participants
what to bring: although all tools and materials will be provided, please feel free to bring along your own bill hook to avoid the need for sharing. Also you might find it more comfortable to wear knee pads if you have some.
how to book: Booking Form
location: courses and volunteer days are held at Bore Place, between Edenbridge and Sevenoaks, Kent. Bore Place is an environmental and educational charity on a 500 acre organic dairy farm, set in beautiful low weald countryside. Converted farm buildings and a Jacobean Manor House offer accommodation if required, with walks and local pubs to enjoy when you’re not wooding! Directions will be sent to you once you’ve booked on a course and can also be accessed from the Workshop Directions Page.
accommodation:Depending on availability, there are cottages to rent on site for £175 per night (minimum of 2 nights). Camping opportunities are limited; we have a hot shower and toilets, but no cooking facilities. It is essential that you contact Bore Place in advance to book either camping, or bed and breakfast. Please call 01732 463255 or email bookings@boreplace.org.
There are also two beautiful yurts and two cosy shepherds huts on site - see Free Range Glamping for more information.
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John Waller, Underwoodsman
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 by Tim Keen
Hedgelaying Course

A great two days. Relaxed, informative and very useful. John has a great all round knowledge, I learned a lot over the two days, will definitely be back for another course.

 by Phil Harris
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The two day hedge laying course was really informative, educational and at times humorous, John's tuition on this very old craft was easy to follow and we all came away more knowledgeable as a result. I'll be booking another Underwoodsman course, for sure