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Nature trail  #2

Laid Hedge

There are various regional styles. Here we have the "Midland Bullock". Farms with large animals, such as cattle and horses need hedges able to withstand the weight of the animal pushing against them. With a finished height of 4′ 6″, the stakes are driven into the ground 18″ apart behind the stool (stem) line towards the brush (bushy) side of the hedge. Hazel binders are woven along the top to give maximum strength. The livestock would be in the field behind the brush side of the hedge with a crop on the other side (“face” or “plough” side). Unfortunately there is now too much tree cover here for the hedge to grow properly and it will eventually die out.

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