How to Lay a Traditional Hedge

A project made possible by the South Downs National Park. Thank you!

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This video is one of many included as part of our supporter-driven video platform Butser Plus. and usually only available to subscribers. We wanted to make sure you saw it too as a thank you for your support and involvement in this project.

Please do share this page internally within the SDNPA, and with funders or government officials involved in the South Downs National Park or this project, but please don't share it publicly on social media etc.

Thank you!

This was a really great project that has made a big difference to the farm, and it wouldn’t have been possible without your help. Thank you so much!

We really hope you enjoy our hedgelaying video, and that it might be useful for you in demonstrating some of the brilliant and important stuff you do. Our documentary footage filmed for Butser Plus is a really great way to showcase projects and collaborations, so if there’s any way to make this footage more useful for you, or work together on similar projects let us know.

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Video description

Imagine: you’re a Saxon farmer, and you need to keep your livestock contained to a field. You can’t use wire — chicken or barbed — and wooden fences only last so long. What do you do? Make a living fence with the traditional craft of hedgelaying! A project in collaboration between Butser Ancient Farm and South Downs National Park.

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