Two spaces available!

Due to a couple of cancellations, a couple of places have become available on our Turf Hedging Course on Saturday!

We tend to only run this course once every couple of years or so, therefore it’s a golden oppertunity to learn this interesting and useful skill.

Turf Hedging

Saturday 20th November 2021

Culvertor Farm, Farthing Lane, Marldon, TQ3 1RR

Grid Reference: 861628

Instructor: Chris Stanton

Many of Devon’s hedgebanks are not faced with stone (see stone facing course). Instead they are made entirely of soil. When the bank begins to erode or collapse, it can be repaired using blocks of turf cut from the field. The blocks are placed like stonework with the grass face outermost. You’ll need a Devon shovel and a decent mattock.

Click here to book:

Some news

Bookings are coming in thick and fast since our publicity guru, Chris Baker appeared on BBC Radio Devon last friday. The dry stone walling course is completely booked up with three on the reserves list and the hedge laying courses are selling like hot cakes so book now if you want one:

There are still plenty of spaces on the turf hedging course. This is an essential skill for hedgelayers, enabling them to repair small sections of hedge bank simply using a mattock and a shovel. You can book a place on that course here:

One rural skill that is not taught by DRST is the art of mowing with the scythe. Jeremy Weiss has been running courses on this all through the summer and on thursday 23rd of September he’s running a scythe workshop for improvers. You can find details here:

A message from the DRST

Dear Members and Supporters,

Subject to the Government further lifting Covid restrictions on 21 Jun, DRST intend to re-start operations. We will hold a face to face Committee meeting on the 23rd of June to discuss operating protocols and future events with the aim to commence Saturday courses in July. We are looking forward to getting back to normal operations and hope to see you all soon.

National Hedgerow Week

Humble hedgerows to get the recognition they deserve with new National Hedgerow Week and ‘Hedgefund’ planting-grants from The Tree Council

Saturday 29th May- Sunday 6th June 

The inaugural National Hedgerow Week launches on 29th May 2021 to highlight the immense contribution these unsung heroes of the natural world make in the fight against climate change and biodiversity loss and to raise awareness of the threats they face. The celebration of these wonderful habitats is part of a year-long Close the Gap project funded by the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund and delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency.

From absorbing carbon to improving urban air quality, offering a home to small birds and mammals, marking out boundaries to preventing flooding and more, hedgerows are invaluable to this country. The Committee on Climate Change has advised the UK needs to plant an extra 200,000km (over 120,000 miles) of hedgerow if we are to meet our climate commitments.  Hedgerows are also a key habitat for endangered native species including the dormouse and barbastelle bat and their vibrant greenery make them a huge boost to our mental health.

National Hedgerow Week will put the spotlight firmly on the hawthorns, blackthorns, wild roses and brambles which make up hedgerows across the UK. Throughout the week there will be a range of exciting hedge-inspired activities with volunteers and the public and the UK’s first All Natural Hedgefunds will be launched. The Farming Hedgefund will distribute £500,000 in grants to landowners in England to help them fill hedgerow gaps and plant 30 miles of new hedges next planting season. A smaller Community Hedgefund is available for volunteer Tree Wardens and local groups to plant new community hedges.

Other activities will include:

  • HedgeTalks- a webinar series helping the public get the most out of their hedges
  • A playful ‘Talk To The Hedge’ photo competition
  • #talktothehedge – a social media campaign to share your love of hedges
  • A microsite packed full of helpful tips and growing information- 
  • And much more to be announced…

Sara Lom Tree Council CEO adds ‘Our hedges are not only of huge significance for the environment but also for their contribution to our cultural heritage and landscapes. We think it’s high time they got their turn in the limelight with this first hedgerow week. We’re hoping to unite farmers, landowners, gardeners and the general public in celebrating this humble yet brilliant habitat.’

For further information please contact Holly Chetan-Welsh at Tree Council on or