Monday, April 23, 2012
Cornish hedging is one of the world’s oldest skills and it is still being used throughout the county today.
A Cornish hedge is not quite a wall, not quite a hedge; rather it is made from an earth or subsoil bank enclosed on each side with stone. Around 30,000 miles of Cornish hedge remain in the county, and it’s a tough job keeping it all maintained!
One man up to the task is Cornish hedging legend Roger Clemens, who has helped to build more than 130 miles of hedge in the past 26 years, including at the Eden Project, Hampton Court and the Chelsea Flower Show.
Considered a leading expert on the subject, Roger also runs one-day courses on Cornish hedging at the Mount Pleasant Eco-park, Porthtowan. So if you would like to learn this traditional craft, get in touch with the Down To Earth Foundation on 01209 891500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on upcoming courses. Alternatively have a look at their website, www.dtef.org.uk.