We run courses and offer one-to-one training in hedge laying, dry stone walling, gate making and scything. The courses are for the Dartmoor Hill Farm Project and the Devon Rural Skills Trust. If you are looking for one to one training, or wish to host courses please use the contact page to get in touch. For details of scythe courses click here.

This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Jeremy will be running a series of hedge laying and Biochar courses at Velwell Orchard, near Dartington in December. Please see details below:

NB: if these dates don’t suit you let me know and we may arrange further courses later in the season.

Day Course in Hedge Laying – with Jeremy Weiss

Sunday 6th of December

This is a very practical, hands-on course. You will be introduced to the basics of hedge laying, using a billhook, axe and saw, and be given a section of hedge to work on under supervision. The course is suitable for all abilities. No experience is necessary.

Two day course in Hedge Laying – with Jeremy Weiss

Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th of December


Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th of December.

This course is much more comprehensive, including all of that covered in the one-day course plus edge tool sharpening, and discussion of the wildlife, historical and practical value of hedges, various management options, and different ways of dealing with brash. Again, it is suitable for all abilities and no experience is necessary.

Biochar workshop

Monday 17th of December.

Learn how to make Biochar from hedge brash using our Oregon Kiln. We’ll go through the whole process from lighting to quenching and explain the different methods for activating and using this product. The techniques are applicable from small gardens up to large farms.

You’ll go home with 50 litres of Biochar which you can activate and use on your garden.

Booking a Place:

You will need to bring your own refreshments, but tools can be provided if you don’t have your own. The courses will start at 9am sharp each day and end at 4pm.

Please book using the form below, remembering to let us know which dates you wish to attend. You’ll be sent payment instructions and your place will be confirmed upon receipt of full payment. Places are limited to 5 and are on a first come, first served basis. The one-day course costs £30 (£20 concesssions), the two-day course is £60 (£40).