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Fantastic progress with hedge-laying at Williamthorpe Nature Reserve

By eleanorc
2nd February 2023

On Fridays during December and January, volunteers working alongside Groundwork staff have so far managed to “lay” over 35 metres of hedge at Williamthorpe Nature Reserve near Heath. This is part of the Hedgerow Heroes campaign, which aims to increase the hedgerow network by 40% by 2050.

On the 6th January we had fabulous day out hedge-laying at Williamthorpe. We got lots done with excellent teamwork, patience and enthusiasm. Between the volunteers and Groundwork staff, Charles and Marion, we laid a fantastic 20 metres! Admittedly amongst us was a competition hedge-layer, but there were also a number of us who were complete novices.

It was a great opportunity to get involved in some practical conservation work by learning the traditional hedge management technique of hedge-laying, which improves the wildlife value of the hedges. As well as learning new skills, helping wildlife and enjoying the outdoors, it was great exercise and a good social event. Looking back at the stretch of hedge we completed gave a real sense of achievement.

Now, on my rambles, I’ve found myself looking at hedges to see if they’ve been laid and what style and techniques have been used! It seems I’ve developed a new interest; I’ll definitely be back to do some more hedge-laying at the site – I can highly recommend the experience.

All training and supervision is provided, so no previous experience is necessary.

If you’d like to take part we will be running more sessions on Fridays during January and February.

Contact Marion at Groundwork to get involved – 07801122494 /

Dates: Fridays 20, 27 January and 3, 10, 17, 24 February 9.30am – 2.30pm at the Williamthorpe Nature Reserve

Find out more about CPRE’s hedgerow campaign: Hedgerow Campaign – CPRE


Reflections by a CPRE volunteer

Hedge-laying at Williamthorpe