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Hedge Steeping (Laying) Course

Hedge laying (steeping in Devon) is the traditional way of managing hedgerows. Using billook, axe and saw, the stems are partially severed and bent over to form a living fence. There are many different styles of hedgelaying, the Devon way is to create a low and thick hedge along the top of a large bank. This course is suitable for budding hedgers of all skill levels or none.

Course fees

Fees are £25.00 per day for DRST members and £35.00 for non-members.

Full course fee to be paid in advance when confirming booking on the web site.


Courses run from 9.15am (for a 9.30 start) until 4.30pm.

Booking & Enquiries

For enquiries and to check availability of places fill in the form on the page for the specific course or contact Jeremy Weiss on 07962 432317.

Clothing and footwear

Steel toe capped boots, gloves and waterproof outdoor clothing are recommended on all courses, both for safety and comfort.


See the Course Tools & Equipment page for the tools required for our courses. Bring the items you can, the remainder can probably be shared on the day. The DRST has a supply of billhooks, bowsaws and lump hammers.


Lunch is not included. Please bring a packed lunch and a hot/cold drink.

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