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28th October 2019

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Keep up to date with the latest news about the National Hedgelaying Society, Hedgerows and Hedgelaying

5th July 2019 – Call for Interest in Hedgelaying Contracts

Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership Scheme are looking for experienced hedgelayers who are interested in quoting for hedgelaying contracts as part of the Traditional Boundaries Project for the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership Scheme.

The work will be in the Pendle Hill area (East Lancashire) and contracts will be let for work over the next 3 years, starting Autumn 2019 for completion of initial contracts by the end of March 2020.

Please register your interest by emailing with your contact details including name, address and phone number, CV, examples of your work and 2 references with contact details.

If you are interested in quoting for the work but are unable to meet this schedule please advise us what timescale you would be available to undertake works.

We would prefer to receive your information by email but hard copies may be sent to Dry Stone Walling Association, Lane Farm, Crooklands, Milnthorpe, Cumbria LA7 7NH.

In the first instance we’d prefer any queries to be emailed to however if you don‘t have access to email please phone Cathy Hopley, Programme Manager at the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership Scheme office 01200 420420 for help with your queries.

Deadline for registration of interest is 10am 5th August 2019.

We aim to follow up references and email out quote packs in mid August for an anticipated return of quotes in early September.

26th March 2019 – This Year's National Hedgelaying Championship

The 2019 National hedgelaying Championship will take place at Pewsey Hill Farm near Marlborough in Wiltshire on 26th October. See the National Championship page for more details.

20th June 2018 – Financial Awards for Young Hedgelayers

We have extended the scheme whereby hedgelayers under the age of 30 can claim a £25 bursary from the NHLS when training or competing into the 2018/19 season. See the Awards page for more details.

17th May 2017 – Hedges Combat Air Pollution

Cities need to 'green up' to reduce impact of air pollution

The harmful impact of urban air pollution could be combated by strategically placed hedges along roads in a built-up environment of cities instead of taller trees, a new study has found.

The study, just published in the journal Atmospheric Environment, points out that low hedges reduce the impact of pollution from vehicles in cityscapes where there are large buildings close to roads, far more effectively than taller trees. In some environments, trees actually make the pollution more concentrated depending on prevailing wind conditions and built-up configurations.

The study is a collaborative effort by partners from the UK, Europe and USA, led by the University of Surrey's Professor Prashant Kumar, under the umbrella of H2020 funded project, iSCAPE: Improving Smart Control of Air Pollution in Europe.

9th September 2016 – Disappearing Dormouse

The Dormouse, one of the countries favourite mammals is an endangered species according to Ian White a spokesman for the wildlife charity People's Trust for Endangered Species, speaking on BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

Britain's native dormouse has declined by more than a third since the year 2000 according to a new study by the charity. Some of this decline is due to the loss of habitat and changes in the way in which Woodlands and Hedgerows are managed.

At the National Hedge Laying Society we are uniquely placed to help combat this decline with the knowledge and skill of hedge layers to managed hedgerows in a traditional way, which is wildlife friendly.

22nd August 2016 – Brexit & The Hedgelayer

So how will Brexit change Hedgelaying? It is perhaps too early to predict any precise outcomes but the indicators are already in place to suggest some major changes. The price of agricultural land has always been a good barometer of the farm economy. Recently agricultural land prices have taken a down turn and if this continues it suggest an agricultural depression is on its way. But what’s new, farmers have been on a roller coaster ride for hundreds of years.

The Government has already indicated that they will continue with Pillar one (Farm Payments) after leaving the EU, although there is considerable pressure to place a cap on payments for larger holdings. No guarantees have been given regarding the environmental payments and the farming lobby is anxious to ease the regulations regarding hedgerows. It would seem that the days of substantial grants for major hedgelaying projects may be coming to an end.

Nevertheless agricultural small holdings and Hobby farming is on the increase and the conservation sector remains buoyant. Regardless of the economy hedges still have to be maintained and I suspect that there will be plenty of work for the hedge trimmers and any enterprising hedgelayers willing to sell skill training. So get out there and convince the world that hedgelayers are needed.

One thing is for sure, there are many twists and turns to be negotiated along the way out of Europe. Don't panic and keep in mind that modern agriculture depends on World prices, not on European or British politicians.