There was a good turn out of volunteers at Parc Slip Nature Reserve on a frosty but sunny Sunday morning to lay hedgerow. Hywel our instructor for the day gave us a very interesting talk about traditional hedges and their importance for keeping wild stock warm and sheltered, while also providing an important habit for smaller species.
It wasn’t long until we were billhooks in hand getting on with the surprising physical work that is hedge laying. What was most surprising was how brutal you have to be to get the hedge cut right before it will lay down correctly.
It is quite an unnatural thing to get the hang of, but with a bit of encouragement from Hywel we were soon hacking through the hedge. By the end of a really productive session, we had all had a good work out and were quite warm even though the frost was still on the ground.
As a result of our efforts Parc Slip had 35m of new hedgerow, which should be bursting into life next spring.