One part of the Gower Landscape Partnership project work is hedgelaying. The aim is to preserve and regenerate existing hedges and to teach the skill of hedgelaying through courses and taster sessions.
There are many different styles of hedgelaying throughout the UK, which reflect the livestock kept within that particular landscape.
In Gower you’ll find ‘flying’ hedges which typically grow on top of hedgebanks, earth banks which can be faced with stone. Blackthorn and hawthorn is used in very exposed areas as it copes with salt-laden wind straight off the sea and is a good livestock barrier.
Many hedges show signs of previous hedgelaying, as seen below where the old branch is horizontal while the newer growth comes straight from the ground vertically.
Hedgelaying project in Caswell
Before and after shots – you can see that stake and binding has been used to the left of the gateway on the finished hedge. This is to block a gap to ensure the hedge keeps the livestock in and protects new growth. The hedge will be maintained as a flying hedge in the future.
These are before, during and after shots of the hedge on the left of the gateway shown above, just from the other side of the hedge.
You can see the gap that was left after laying and the stake and bind technique used to make the hedge stockproof.
Have a look at more hedgelaying images from this site on Flickr.