Volunteers standing in front of the hazel hedge
Apr 10 2018

Hedging our bets at Beechland Mill Wood

Volunteers are hedging their bets at Beechland Mill Wood


A busy group of volunteers called Newick Rootz meets at Beechland Mill Wood in Newick, East Sussex once a year for a hedgelaying session. This year, the group met on Wednesday 21 March and had a very productive day. 


The group is led by Gary Marshall – a keen conservationist who has worked as a woodland consultant. All the members of the group are local residents from Newick village and they are really pleased to have Beechland Mill Wood on their doorstep. It’s a hidden gem, just a few minutes walk from the main road and is used for outdoor learning by the local school. 


The group of 12-15 volunteers helps us to look after the wood and they started coppicing hazel and laying a hedge five years ago – the original stretch is now an established hedge! They say that practice makes perfect and this is certainly the case with hedgelaying. Each year, the volunteers improve their skills and they laid the longest stretch so far during their latest session. I wonder how long the hedge will be next year?


The volunteers are also on hand to help East Sussex Rights of Way Officers to check local footpaths and report any problems. It’s a real case of ‘local people helping out in their local area’ which is great. And they do such a good job. Thanks everyone! 


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