Countryside craft revived at nature area

Traditional hedge laying at Chapel St Leonards.
Traditional hedge laying at Chapel St Leonards.

The traditional countryside skill of hedgelaying is being revived by conservation volunteers at Chapel Point Nature Area in Chapel St Leonards.

The team were guided by Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust warden Dave Miller in working on the hedgerow which will promote new growth and encourage wildlife.

Locally-grown willow from one of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s coastal reserves was used to bind the top of the hedge making it more secure.

Dave said: “This process reinvigorates a hedge and thickens up the base – gives it a firmer bottom if you will. The main stems of the bush are cut away until the plant can be bent over and weaved along the line with the help of hedging stakes and binders. Work started on a miserable drizzly morning and the weather did not get better. Two volunteers Wayne and Lance helped with laying the hawthorn and siding it up to look neater. In the spring we will see the new shoots spring up.”