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Places available on traditional hedge laying course teaching about the Derbyshire style

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: February 10, 2014

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ANYONE interested in having a go and learning more about the ancient art of hedge laying is being invited to a course being held near Ashbourne.

The Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership will be running the event over two days, and attendees will be able to learn all about the traditional skill of hedge-laying in the Derbyshire style.

The courses are being held on Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15 at Ellishill Farm, Swinscoe.

The course will start at 9.30am on each day and finish around 3.30pm.

Booking is essential and people are welcome to book for one or both days.

The cost is £30 per person, per course and is payable in advance.

Volunteers working for charities and the unemployed are free.

The event organisers request that people wear suitable outdoor clothes, waterproofs and boots, preferably with a steel toe cap.

Attendees should also bring a packed lunch and drinks.

The Churnet Valley Living Landscape is 190 square kms of North Staffordshire bordered to the north by the Peak District National Park, to the south and west by the Churnet catchment area and to the east by the River Dove floodplain.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) announced support of £1.89 million for the Churnet Valley through HLF’s Landscape Partnership programme in March 2012.

The programme has funding until 2016 to deliver a portfolio of projects run by local organisations and community groups to create long term environmental and social benefits for the area.

To book a place contact Jonathan Gahan on 01538 381356 or email j.gahan@staffs-wildlife.org.uk

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