Hedge-laying

Calke Abbey, Derbyshire
Traditional hedge-laying
The exterior of Home Farm Bunkhouse, Calke Abbey.
The kitchen at Home Farm Bunkhouse, Calke Abbey
One of the dormitories at Home Farm Bunkhouse, Calke Abbey.
Traditional hedge-laying The exterior of Home Farm Bunkhouse, Calke Abbey. The kitchen at Home Farm Bunkhouse, Calke Abbey One of the dormitories at Home Farm Bunkhouse, Calke Abbey.

At-a-glance details

  • Dates1 February 2020 to 8 February 2020
  • Holiday typeTrust
  • AvailabilityPlaces available
  • Activity type Coast and countryside, Rural skills
  • Cost£180
  • Physicality8
  • Holiday code20ETZ104
  • AccommodationHome Farm Bunkhouse

About Hedge-laying

Refresh your skills or learn the art of this traditional countryside craft.

Hedgelaying is an ancient rural skill that has been used to preserve hedgerows for centuries. Whether you’re new to hedgelaying or have some experience, working on this young hedge at Calke Abbery is the ideal way to learn new skills or brush up on ones you already have. Planted as part of a Countryside Stewardship Scheme 12 years ago, you’ll be managing new field hedges on this week-long working holiday.
Although hedgelaying is very active, it won’t be too strenuous for your arm muscles as the hedge is young. During the week, there’ll also be a bonfire, and you’ll also help out with some replacement fencing work to help protect new growth from animal grazing.

About the accommodation

Home Farm used to be the farm manager’s house for the Harpur Crewe family who ran the Calke Estate for many generations prior to the National Trust taking it on in the mid-1980s. This quiet setting gives good out-of-hours access to walks and encounters with the estate wildlife; badgers, deer and bats are all close neighbours. There is a large yard and grass area outside suitable for BBQs and games. Outdoor chairs and tables are provided. There is a well-equipped kitchen, four showers and storage radiators throughout. The nearest pub is a 2-mile walk through the park to Ticknall.

Facilities: garden, drying room.

Bedding: no bedding/linen provided.

Notes for guests

What to bring: Dress for the expected weather. we will be out unless extreme conditions prevail. 

Park controlled by electric gate, if arriving to site after 6.00pm contact leader beforehand for the gate codes  

A standard kit list can be found on our Essential Information page. 

Enquire and book

Call 0344 800 3099

Opening times

Monday to Friday: 9am to 9pm
Saturday: 9am to 7pm
Sunday: 9am to 1pm
We are also open 9am to 5pm on bank holidays.

Email working.holidays@nationaltrust.org.uk

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