Bald Explorer goes to a Ploughing Match – HEDGELAYING

Hedgelaying is a country skill practiced mainly in the United Kingdom and Ireland, with many regional variations in style and technique. Hedgelaying is the process of bending and partially cutting through the stems of a line of shrubs or small trees near ground level and arching the stems without breaking them, so they can grow horizontally and be intertwined. Hedgelaying originally developed as a way of containing livestock in fields after the acts of Enclosure which in England began in the 16th century.

I am once again at the West Grinstead Ploughing Match (2018) where numerous rural activities are taking place, hedgelaying among them. Richard Verrall joins me to help me understand this ancient art.My videos are funded 100% by people like you. If you enjoy them, please help me make more:

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