Sperrins Gateway

Hedge Laying skills for the Sperrins Gateway Landscape Partnership

The hedgerows of the Sperrins are visually important to the rural landscape. Maintaining them provides a secure barrier for livestock and is important for the wildlife. Hedge laying would have been the traditional method of hedge management at one time. It helps to preserve the hedges, encourages new growth and forms a resilient and practical stock-proof barrier. Good hedges are also a home for many species of plants and animals, such as linnets, bats, and butterflies.

Sperrins Gateway Landscape Partnership along with Network Personnel will offer courses in rural skills, including hedge laying, with experienced craftsmen providing the technical training, bringing back some of these traditional sights and skills to the area. The project will allow farmers and local people to initially become proficient enough to look after their own hedges but also enable a number to become accredited, enhancing employment and income to the area. 



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