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Hedgelaying - one day course at Assington Mill

Hedgelaying - one day course at Assington Mill

Course Provider: Assington Mill

Contact Name: Anne Holden

Telephone: 01787 229955

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Assington Mill
CO10 5LZ

Course Length: One day (9-4.30)

Price: £85

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Course Start Dates
Sunday 5th November 2017


Hedgelaying - one day course
Tutor: Neil Catchpole

Come and learn to lay hedges the Suffolk way, from a real Suffolk man! Click on Neil's name above to see more about him.

Hedgelaying is a traditional way of making a hedge stock proof, i.e. cutting and weaving and tying the branches so that the end result is an impenetrable fence. This will be a day out in the fresh air doing manual work. It is absolutely essential that you bring the equipment listed below, as this is a practical course, with only a short introductory talk.

What to bring:
Strong boots/wellies, preferably with steel toecaps
Old clothes
Gloves - hedgelaying or welders with long arms
Billhook, but NOT with back blade (too dangerous to use on the course)
Pruning saw or bowsaw (pointed end), preferably with "greenwood" blade
Sharpening stone

VIP - please check that your tetanus inoculation is up to date!

Hedging: A Practical Handbook
BTCV Practical Handbooks, Alan Brooks & Elizabeth Agate (online from BTCV).

Assington Mill is a 70 acre organic farm in a beautiful secluded hidden valley in Suffolk. We aim to provide a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, where you will enjoy the experience of spending time with like-minded people and learning something new and life-enriching. Around fifty-five different short courses in rural and traditional craft skills are run here each year.

We aim to provide healthy meals during our courses made from locally-sourced organic ingredients, where possible. Lunches usually consist of soup and salads. Almost all the ingredients, if they are not grown here, come from Assington Farmshop, and are organic if possible. Cakes and biscuits are also home-made. We specialise in gluten-free food and are happy to cater for any other dietary requirements if you give us notice on the booking form.

Accommodation is available at many BnBs in the area (please see the list on our website) or you could stay in Mill Cottage on site. Alternatively, Camping is also possible at Assington Mill for £5 per night, anywhere on the farm. There is a toilet and shower available in a wetroom; plus a kitchen with two hobs and urn. We are not a proper camp site; this is just a facility for people coming on the courses.

Assington Mill is half a mile from the nearest bus stop or 3 miles from Bures train station if you wish to travel by public transport.

To book please click through (link above) find your course and book online.

What's included in the price?

A lovely organic home made lunch, plus cakes and biscuits. To book please click through (above) find your course (in date order) and book online.

For more information about accommodation and food please see above.

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