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.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Yorkshire Dales


No picture of anything to do with stone in the northern dales would be complete without a barn. Sometimes every field has one. Virtually all of them now have no use for farming. Once used for housing stock and hay in winter these have been replaced by better stock housing in the main farm and baled silage. This one near Muker in upper Swaledale.
The throughstones are tilted downwards so that water runs off the building.


This tiny little bridge is on a path between Muker & Thwaite.










Near Usha Gap between these two villages is one of only two of these I've ever seen. They indicate change of ownership and are two wall heads butted up together.




Typical Dales wall, random rubble, but this one makes use of Gritstone to construct the corner.  The limestone which the rest of the wall is built from is less suitable for corners because its smaller and won't make strong corners.
Mainly limestone but notice the thicker courses in the middle of the wall and also notice the darker brown stone (throughs) which are gritstone which occurs nearbye
This is the same wall as above.  Very neat work.

 (Wood Nook Farm) near Grassington.




Typical Dales wall, Limestone rubble.



Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The bulge



Alarming bulge and over a private road entrance & public footpath.

The stick was holding it up!!!










And after about a day and a half - here's the result
Pleased with this.