Teigbridge residents are being invited to help keep a countryside tradition alive as Teignbridge Council prepares to host two days of hedge steeping at its Nature Reserve in Coombe Valley, Teignmouth.
Hedge steeping (also know as hedge laying) involves cutting through the base of the hedge shrubs (or steeps) bending them over and pegging them down. This encourages new growth and makes the hedge a more effective barrier, while also preventing unmanaged, unsightly growth.
As part of its commitment to maintaining a good-quality environment and encouraging healthy lifestyles, the council is inviting adults to the free events on Sunday, January 23 and Saturday, February 12, from 10.30am-3pm.
The first day will involve preparing a hedge for laying and learning how to use various traditional tools like bow saws and bill hooks. The second event will include the actual cutting and laying of the hedge and will also provide information on hedge conservation.
Both events will be led by Teignbridge Council’s Countryside Rangers, who manage a variety of sites around the district. Due to the tools used, the event is for over-18s only and booking is essential. Places can be booked on 01626 215751.
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