Forge team learn ancient countryside skill

The Forge Property Consultants team have recently been learning the ancient technique of hedge laying at Aqualate Mere, Newport, working with Shropshire Wildlife Trust.

Tom Mason, Charles Lawson and Andy Lowe of Forge Property Consultants
Tom Mason, Charles Lawson and Andy Lowe of Forge Property Consultants

The Trust offers businesses and groups the opportunity to learn traditional countryside skills which in turn help to preserve the character of the county’s landscape and wildlife habitats.

Charles Lawson of Forge Property Consultants says, “It was a fantastic team-building exercise and very physical work using traditional tools such as the Staffordshire billhook. We learnt the technique of pleaching, learning that a Midlands hedge is laid at an angle of 33 degrees!”

Charles continues, “The technique involves heavy pruning of an existing hedgerow and then laying the hedge to form a livestock-proof barrier. The process helps to rejuvenate an ageing hedgerow by encouraging new growth and improving its overall structure and strength, providing greater weather protection for crops and wildlife. It also forms a pleasing screen for a garden or field boundary.”

The Forge Property Consultants team, who are normally found carrying out less practical countryside skills as Chartered Surveyors, Land and Property Agents, are now planning other projects to support Shropshire Wildlife Trust.