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Hedge comp and new arrival!

Can you add a note to Skills Online that the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Hunt and Dorset Young Farmers Annual Hedging Competition will take place at Hydes Farm, Kings Stag, Sturminster Newton on Sunday 1st of March 2020. Details from Peter Fitzgerald on 01747 840 895 or Charlie Mayo on 07980 851 273

Also Congratulations to Laura Tunstall and Jon Gaskins on the safe arrival of Hecate Wren on Tuesday 21st of January. She weighed 7 lbs 6 oz.

Traditional Management of Devon Hedges

Traditional Management of Devon Hedges
The Dartmoor Hill Farm Project
A Practical Introduction with Jeremy Weiss

This six-day course will cover all aspects of the management of Devon Hedges in the traditional way and will include the following:

* Bank repairs with turf (turf hedging) and stone (stone facing)
* Tool sharpening
* Hedge plant identification
* Hedge steeping (laying)
* Management of hedgerows for wildlife conservation
* Brash management
* Efficient bonfire
* Faggot making
* Casting up
* Logging branch wood in the field
* Making biochar from hedge brash

It will be a mainly practical course, but there will be an element of theory and plenty of time for questions and discussions. The course will run from 9am until 4:30pm on the following dates:

12th and 13th of September
26th and 27th of September
10th and 11th of October

Course cost: £200

To book a place please call 01822 890912 or email dattwell@dartmoor.gov.uk