Read about the life and work of the Attingham Wardens

Attingham Park is a National Trust property comprising of an 18th Century mansion set in a Repton landscape; the Park and wider Estate includes a deer park, walled garden, several miles of the rivers Severn and Tern, extensive farmland and woodlands.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Hedgeplanting at Brompton

Adam plants up a hedge
This week some of the warden volunteers have been working near the Brompton Cookery School, removing old fences and planting up new hedge lines while I cut out the elder that was choking an existing hedge. The elder stumps are treated to prevent regrowth, and the gaps in the hedge then replanted with other species - hawthorn, hazel, field maple and dogrose. It's a beautiful part of the estate with views looking back at the Attingham mansion, St Eatas church in Atcham and Cronkhill, a neighbouring Trust property.

Brian removes fencing wire from the posts

Cutting out elder from the hedge

Meanwhile, another team has been hedgelaying along the field opposite the Atcham Industrial Estate and doing a fantastic job. The hedge has not been laid before so has been ideal to teach new volunteers the art of hedgelaying. We get our hazel stakes and binders from Wenlock Edge, another NT site, and use them to lay in the 'Midland bullock' style - upright stakes, one clean side and one brash side, and bound along the top. There are just a few weeks left to complete the hedge as by the end of March, the trees are beginning to bud and bird nesting season starts.

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