March 2013: If any of you were watching “Countryfile” on Sunday 10th March 2013, you will have seen the piece about Prince Charles and his love of hedge-laying!
For those of our guests who are frequent visitors, you will notice something of a change as you arrive at Cheese Vat Farm! On this wet and miserable Saturday, 9th March, we saw the arrival of our very own two-man team of Hedge-Layers! Andrew, who is on his way to another National Championship title, had come over from Cumbria, along with Phil, and they set about reducing our overly tall and dilapidated thorn hedge to a neatly laid fence which whilst making it more stock proof, should also rejuvenate the general growth of the hedge, help the wildlife, and let light into the surrounding area. Sunday continued the process, despite sunny intervals and snow showers, and they managed to complete some 90 yards of hedge.
Being a bit late in the season, the process on the remainder of the road-frontage will be continued later in the year – perhaps October to complete the job!
2nd November 2013 – Second tranche of hedge laying completed. The length done in March has grown well over the summer and with only a gentle ‘hair-cut’ along the top, has been maintenance free.
8th January 2014 – Finally, the full length of roadside hedge has been completed and very smart it looks too. We look forward to seeing how the brash corridors helps the wildlife when they come to nest in the Spring. It will also be interesting to see what wild flowers emerge along the verge now the it is not strangled by the overgrown hedgerow.