Country Hedgelaying

This heritage skills course will be facilitated by Phil Armshaw, B.Sc. Environmental Studies. Phil will introduce you to the Midland Bullock style of hedgelaying. You will learn the importance of having hedges, how hedge laying works and the fundamental methods and terminology of hedge laying. The course will be fun, interactive and experiential and although primarily based on Hedgelaying, Phil will also be delighted to share general wildlife knowledge and insights.

Phil’s career in countryside work spanned 25 years, over which he planted over one million trees and miles and miles of new hedgerows, as well as repairing and maintaining many miles of hedges that had been neglected due to hedgelaying being a dying craft.

The course will be run over a series of two-day blocks:

  • 15th & 16th January
  • 18th & 19th January
  • 22nd & 23rd January
  • 29th & 30th January

All sessions will run between 09:30 & 15:00 unless otherwise stated.

Discounts will be available for booking multiple blocks. Concessionary rates are applicable for members of the museum, students and those aged 60+.


  • One block – £49 (concessions £37)
  • Two blocks – £88 (concessions £66)
  • Three blocks – £120 (concessions £90)

Participants should wear strong boots and warm layers of clothing, suited to the weather.

Essential equipment will be provided but participants may with to bring their own gardening gloves, hard hats, loppers and bow saws if they own such items.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided during a morning break each day but participants should bring their own packed lunch. Toilets and warm indoor space will be available during breaks and lunch.


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