Hedges & Hurdles Country Skills & Crafts

Lorraine and Paul Matthews are passionate about sharing their knowledge and skills with others, encouraging people to discover a newfound love for nature and the outdoors!

OUR STORY

We offer “Experiences”, including Hedgelaying, Coppicing and Wattle Hurdle Making training courses through to hands-on Wood Craft and Willow Art, Craft & Sculpture workshops delivered throughout the year.

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We pride ourselves in using natural materials for the heritage skills we teach and crafts we make. Most of our materials are coppiced and cut locally as part of a sustainable woodland management programme or sourced from growers based locally or elsewhere in England.

Our experiences

Our experiences promote wellness, being outside is great for our well-being and mental health, rhythmic exercise and activities have a calming effect on us, especially when also surrounded by beautiful countryside, woodland and picturesque gardens you can’t help but feel happy and energised.

The outdoor experiences offered are suited to adults, and teenagers with a selection also suited to families. We offer experiences for private groups including corporate team-building events, activities for WI groups, horticultural societies, Scouts and Guiding groups. Many of our experiences and locations are suitable for those with disabilities too.

Locations

Our key locations include:

  • Birtley Woodland Art Space, Bramley, Guildford, Surrey
  • Norbury Park Woodland Hub, Sawmill, Mickleham, Dorking
  • Sussex Prairie Gardens, Henfield, West Sussex

We also collaborate with other Surrey Hills Enterprise members and other organisations to bring our unique experiences to their own locations.

If you have your own venue or some suitable land for outdoor experiences we may also be able to offer one of our courses on your own site! Contact Lorraine to discuss your requirements.

Upcoming events

Visit our website to see all our published training courses and workshops we have on offer. You can also search by location too.

Commercial services

We offer Commercial Hedgelaying services for land-owners, trusts and local councils. In addition, we also undertake Commissions e.g. Willow & Hazel Arch, large Willow sculptures including living Willow projects too.

About us

Paul is an experienced tutor, five times national award-winning hedgelaying champion and also an experienced horticulturist. Hedgelaying is a management solution for overgrown hedges widely practised throughout the UK and Europe. Hedgelaying improves the overall structure and strength of a hedge providing protection for crops and wildlife.

Lorraine is skilled at making handmade crafts from wood she coppices and harvests locally and combines this skill with her teaching experience and ability to deliver personable, varied and interesting workshops and training courses for all. Lorraine made a huge career change to join Paul and has never looked back.

We both continue to further develop their skills to offer new and exciting courses for our customers to experience!

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Hedges & Hurdles Country Skills & Crafts
Burnley Cottage, Green Lane Whitebushes Redhill Surrey RH1 5LJ
Tel: 07446837492
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lorraine@hedgesandhurdles.com
OPENING HOURS

We are open for enquiries 7 days a week between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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Locations

Our key locations include:

We also collaborate with other Surrey Hills Enterprise members and other organisations to bring our unique experiences to their own locations.