The Blackdown Hills Hedge Association Competition will be on:
Saturday 4th March 2017
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This course has now been confirmed. You can book a place here: https://www.drst.org.uk/pg/course/coursedet.aspx?id=101
Monday 11th November from 6.45 to 9 pm at Riverford Field Kitchen, Buckfastleigh
Talks and discussion on community fuel from hedges, hedges for wildlife and hedge management techniques.
Hosted by Gill Coombs. Includes nibbles and free glass of wine
Profitable Hedgerows with Machine Demos, 2nd December 1000-1400
Gray’s Cider Farm, Tedburn St Mary EX6 6AN
Presentation by hedgerow expert Ross Dickinson, followed by farm Walk, demo of tree shears, branch logger etc. and lunch.
Please contact Katharine Lowrie Katharine.email@example.com if you would like to attend.
A reminder from Don Gaskins that entry forms for the Competition need to be in by Friday 27th Of September (It says on the entry form 29th but it would be good to peg out the lengths on the Preparation day).
Also we are asking for volunteer helpers for the prep day and the competition day to contact Don ASAP.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
DRST courses are nearly always booked up well in advance, it’s the early bird that catches the worm. We have only one place available on the Tool Sharpening and Handle Repair course on 31st of August. However, we’ve just had this from Ian Swain:
I repair, re-handle and deal in traditional hand tools, and have recently moved to Devon – one of my customers suggested that I make myself known to you, in case you feel my services could be relevant to your members and your website.
Mitchell Fawcett is looking for help in February and March 2020 laying around 700m of hedge on the Bantham Estate. The hedges are mixed but mainly hazel. Please call Mitchell on 07528 727711 if you are interested.