WHAT I DO

I will lay your Hedge, Build or repair your Dry stone walling or plant new hedges.

Hedgelaying, Planting, Drystone Walling, Garden features, House stonework, hedgelaying, teaching, illustrated talks, Training in Hedgelaying Training in Hedgelaying, Stonework, Drystone Walling

I live and work in the North York Moors area



I'm a qualified hedgelayer and have laid hedges in Ireland, Holland and in the UK. I'm also a drystone waller and have built houses (and walls), garden features, gate entrances in Ireland, Australia and in England.

I've been told I'm a bit of walling and hedgelaying nerd. But I don't mind it because it's normal. Doesn't everyone stop and take pictures of these when they are on holiday?

Some of the site contains my work along with pictures of hedges, walls and walling features from places I've visited. It should be pretty obvious which is my work.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Hedgelaying 1982

This hedge was laid nearly 30 years ago in 1982. This is Whitby taken on 'The Switchbacks', between Four Lane Ends and Stakesby Manor.  There is now a housing estate being built on the right hand side.










The Older hedgelayer seen here is Mr Nellis who laid many local hedges. It was the first hedge I ever saw laid. This is the same hedge as the picture above and taken from roughly the same position. Most books on hedgelaying describe 'Yorkshire style' as having a sawn wooden top rail nailed to the stakes. In this part of North Yorkshire it is more common to see hedges laid with stakes and no rails used.

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Monday, May 3, 2010

The Biggest Drystone Wall in Europe?


On the island of Ireland are some of the most unique walls anywhere in the world. Just to give you a flavour of some of these walls is this one in the Mountains of Mourne in Northern Island. Pictured are the builders and I'll add further unusual walls later. This wall, one of many, is about 12ft tall.

Wall builder Phelim Doran and farmer Dermot Trainor built this wall, one of many using a JCB.

This picture appears with permission of the photographer and originally appeared in "Irish Walls" by Alen MacWeeney and Richard Conniff

Saturday, May 1, 2010

A short walk from home



Another wall, this one collapsed because of tree roots and ivy growing through the wall. At the same location as the previous wall this too is made from a mixture of stone, some coming from an old building. Total length of fallen wall was 15ft:-



And after about 15 hours work, which included resetting a yard or two of the original foundations the wall was completed but without the original copes as it appears they've been re-used elsewhere around the garden!