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Hedgelaying at Malleny

Walking / Firewood & Forestry / Malleny

29 June 2016

Traditional crafts on display at Malleny

Rosebery Estates in partnership with the Pentland Hills Regional Park rangers have been hedge laying on the Malleny Estate walk way up towards Harlaw Reservoir.

Hedgelaying is an ancient country skill historically practised widely throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland. Creating and maintaining the layed hedge provides:

  • Livestock-proof barriers
  • rejuvenation of existing hedgerows by encouraging them to put on new growth, and thus helping to improve their overall structure and strength
  • weather protection for crops and wildlife
  • as well as an aesthetically pleasing screen to fields beyond.

There are different styles of hedgelaying across parts of the UK. Each style has been developed over many years to cope with the climate of the area, different farming practices and the type of trees and shrubs that grow in the hedge.

The day was well attended with numerous learners trying their hand at this traditional country skill. Visit Harlaw to see how the work is progressing.