Hedgelaying for beginnersCalke Abbey, Derbyshire
- Dates2 February 2019 to 9 February 2019
- Holiday typeTrust
- AvailabilityPlaces available
- Activity type Coast and countryside, Rural skills
- Holiday code19ETQ102
- AccommodationHome Farm Bunkhouse
About Hedgelaying for beginnersLearn a new countryside skill and help to convert a tall, overgrown hedge into a stock-proof barrier.
We will be cutting a laying over a section of hedge planted under a Stewardship scheme 11 years ago. This will be a nice size of hedge for beginners to work, although using the tools needs a certain amount of arm strength to carry it out. The waste material will need to be cleared away so, weather permitting, a bonfire will be on the cards! If the group decide they need a break from hedge-laying there is plenty of other work to do, including clearing around recently planted trees and clearing felled timber in an area of woodland we are restoring back to grassland. There are easily accessible paths and routes around the estate close to Home Farm and there is the recently created tramway cycle route for those requiring more exercise.
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.
Notes for guests
Dress for the expected weather; it will need to be very bad for us not to go out on site.
A standard kit list can be found on our Essential Information page.
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