Hedge Laying and Biochar Making Course

Cost: £100 (£75 concessions)

Time: 21 hours over 3 days

The practical element of the course will cover the proper care of hand tools, tool sharpening, safety considerations, cutting and laying the hedge, securing the hedge using natural crooks and species ID.

In addition we will also discuss alternatives to hedge laying, restoring badly neglected hedges, the cultural, historical and environmental important of hedges, and the hedge as a resource.

On the third day we will make biochar from the resulting hedge brash. You will learn how to make biochar using our Oregon Kiln and how this method can be simplified and scaled up or down to suit your personal needs. You will be able to take some home for your garden at the end of the day. We will discuss a brief history of biochar, how it can be activated, and how it can be used in the garden and on the farm.

All tools are supplied for this course but you will need to wear non-flammable clothing for the biochar day. Wool and cotton are best.

The workshop is primarily practical so a decent level of fitness is useful. You are welcome to bring your own tools if you have them already, but I suggest borrowing ours and completing the course before you make any purchases.

In order to ensure a quality experience for all, I only take six people on this course.

To book a place please use this booking form.