Today Charlotte and I were joined by the Blooming Marvellous and Cove Brook Greenway Group Volunteers to lay a hedge on the Birch Brook Reserve on Cove Brook. It was a fantastic help having some of our experienced volunteers along to help teach hedge-laying, which was much appreciated. Blooming Marvellous is a Supported Adult Volunteering Gardening Project, hosted by Hazel and Susie at Rushmoor Voluntary Services. The group have joined us for several years now, so it’s great to catch up, especially since Charlotte worked with the group last week at Rushmoor Bottom.
We started by thinning the right hand side of the entrance and lifting the crowns (trimming the lower branches) of the larger standard trees we were retaining. Next we used hatchets to lay the living stems to form pleachers, which were woven between stakes and topped off with intertwined hazel binders. To see more details of how we lay a hedge, please have a nose at our hedge-laying at Moor Green Lakes on Tuesday.
The transformation was quite dramatic, and it was great to create over 20m of laid hedge. The entrance now looks much more inviting to visitors and helps provide a dense living hedge for wildlife. There were several comments from visitors who were pleased to see the traditional hedge-laying skills being kept alive. If you’d like to pop down and have a nose, the Birch Brook Reserve is just north of Blunden Hall (at the end of Blunden Road), with a small car park between Birchett Road and the Brook.
A huge thank you to Paul, Mike, Chris, Hilda, Charlotte and all the Blooming Marvellous Volunteers.