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Tyning hedge restoration project

posted 12 Oct 2016, 04:35 by Parish Council Communications
Next week sees the start of Freshford Parish Council's restoration project on the Tyning hedge bordering Freshford Lane. The historic hedge, on Freshford's village green, will be rejuvenated by laying it in the traditional North Somerset style and then filling any gaps by planting native species of shrubs such as hawthorn and blackthorn. 

The project has been made possible through a grant of £2,058 from the Cotswold Conservation Board's Sustainable Development Fund, as well as a donation of £250 from the Friends of Freshford and additional funding of £430 from Freshford Parish Council. In addition, 30 volunteers from Freshford and surrounding areas have committed their time to attend a two-day hedgelaying training course (on 20th-21st October) or a one-day course (on 11th November), where they will learn the traditional rural skill while laying the Tyning hedge. Students from Freshford School will also take part in the project. The courses are being run for the village by hedgelaying expert and instructor Keith Stuffins through the Cotswold Conservation Board.

The aim of the project is to improve the hedge's benefit for wildlife, and to improve its appearance. Hedgerows are one of the defining features of the English landscape. They are important for environmental, heritage and scenic value. A well managed hedgerow is thick and bushy, filled with Spring blossom followed by Autumn berries; a haven for wildlife. Using a tractor-mounted flail has become the most common method of managing hedgerows today, recognisable by the resulting torn branches. In the long term this can weaken the shrubs in the hedge and result in gaps and a loss of habitat for wildlife. In the past hedges would have been layed by craftsmen. Hedge-laying involves partially cutting through stems, laying them over and weaving them together to produce a thick living barrier, which re-grows from the base. New growth forms an attractive, thick and healthy hedge that with regular trimming will keep in good order for many years. 

There are still a couple of places available on the 11th November course. 

For further information, please contact suewingrove123@gmail.com.