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.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Cumbria - The English Lake District

 A very unusual use of cut stone for a wall end - but it seems to work - for the moment!.










Most walls have 90 degree corners.  This one is pretty unique as the angle is extremely sharp.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Bee House - Bee Holes, Beeboles

Directly uphill from Bank House Farm in Glaisdale are these curious looking 'holes' in a drystone wall.
Set in the boundary wall between field and moor these face the south east so are exposed to the morning sun and sheltered from the prevailing winds.  These are built as shelters for straw bee skeps, an early beehive, in which swarms of bees build their nests and of course produce honey.  These ones have recently been restored in 2013.

There may be others but I'm not aware of any others in drystone walls.  There are however some others built from mortared stone.  These include one at Dale Head in Westerdale near a public bridleway (NZ678045) and also six holes next to a farm house on Cropton Lane above Wrelton.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Fylingthorpe

This wall had collapsed for unknown reasons.  It was on a public footpath and access to the farm as well.  
23 hours later and I had it done.  As per usual several extra bags of fill were needed, which, luckily the owner had put by.  I never did discover why it had all collapsed and fallen into the road side. The foundations were absolutely level. The original builders (The Barry family) had also built the small outhouse you can just see on the right.  The back of the structure was obviously designed to be bonded into the wall as it had projecting stones into the wall.