There’s just one more thing to say about the hedgelaying course and it concerns not the course, but the field we walked across to get to the hedge.
Day two of the hedgelaying course arrived and everyone was back at the hedge by 9am. The wind was still from the north and the ground was frosty, but the sky was a glorious blue and the sun shone all day long. The sun warmed our backs and the hedge sheltered us from the wind – for working outside, it wasn’t quite perfect but it was very good indeed.
At the start of January, a short piece in the local paper on the Cotswolds Rural Skills programme caught my eye and I saw that it runs courses in hedgelaying. We discussed it briefly and booked up that day on to a course at the start of February, which was to run on a farm in Gloucestershire. There are many styles of hedgelaying in the UK and we were to learn the Midland style.