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Chance to try ancient craft of hedgelaying for free

203Outdoor enthusiasts can secure a place on a free hedgelaying course this February thanks to a Local Landscape Partnership.

The Introduction to Hedgelaying course is being run as part of the Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership Field Boundary Programme, which is aimed at anyone keen to gain a greater appreciation of ancient rural crafts and practical conservation, and will take place at Deepdale Wood Nature Reserve, Barnard Castle on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 February 2016.

The two day course will go through the history and value of hedgerows, while explaining how to use and maintain traditional hand tools such as axes, saws and billhooks to manage the hedgerow. Participants will also get plenty of practice of hedgelaying in the local style.

Rebecca Beeston, a landscape officer at Durham County Council, said: “Hedgerows are an important landscape feature and wildlife habitat in County Durham. However, they are often at risk from neglect, damage or destruction.

“We hope by offering free introductory classes we can enthuse a whole new group of people who will help carry on these traditions.”

The course is being sponsored by the Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership – which is supported by Durham County Council – and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Booking is essential as places are limited. For more information and to book a place on the course, email landscape@durham.gov.uk or phone 03000 267 143. Anyone living in the Heart of Teesdale area will be given priority for places.

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