WHAT I DO

I will lay your Hedgelaying, Build or repair your Dry stone walling & plant new hedges.

Hedgelaying, Planting, Drystone Walling, Garden features, House stonework, hedgelaying, teaching, illustrated talks, Training in Hedgelaying Training in Hedgelaying, Stonework, Drystone Walling

I live and work in the North York Moors area



I'm a qualified hedgelayer and have laid hedges in Ireland, Holland and in the UK. I'm also a drystone waller and have built houses (and walls), garden features, gate entrances from stone in Ireland, Australia and in England.

I've been told I'm a bit of walling and hedgelaying nerd. But I don't mind it because it's normal. Doesn't everyone stop and take pictures of these when they are on holiday?

Some of the site contains my work along with pictures of hedges, walls and walling features from places I've visited. It should be pretty obvious which is my work.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Unusual Single Wall NYM

I must have walked close to this wall many times over the years and not noticed it before.  Its the only wall I know in the NYM which consists of a single wall composed with the foundation stones all set on edge.  It is a small enclosure just   A few yards to the south of the gravel track running down off the moor into Glaisdale.  Some of the stones are massive.  The wall is some four to five feet in hight and a couple of feet in width. 


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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Walls with Dates

Most walls are almost impossible to date.  However these two on the side of the farm track up to  Grange Head Farm (796033) have the date of construction carved into stones  - 1918 & 1903  I wonder whether the same waller built both?


Mo

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Garden Walling

I don't often do garden walling but here's and example I did recently in Burniston 


Sunday, March 20, 2016

Vertical walling - Scotland

Taken in Easedale a few miles south of Oban in Scotland I spotted this jetty made with vertically placed stones.  This is the only place outside the south west of Eire I've seen such walls using this style.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Cumbria - The English Lake District

 A very unusual use of cut stone for a wall end - but it seems to work.










Most walls have 90 degree corners.  This one is pretty unique as the angle is extremely sharp.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Bee House - Bee Holes, Beeboles

Directly uphill from Bank House Farm in Glaisdale are these curious looking 'holes' in a drystone wall.
Set in the boundary wall between field and moor these face the south east so are exposed to the morning sun and sheltered from the prevailing winds.  These are built as shelters for straw bee skeps, an early beehive, in which swarms of bees build their nests and of course produce honey.  These ones have recently been restored in 2013.

There may be others but I'm not aware of any others in drystone walls.  There are however some others built from mortared stone.  These include one at Dale Head in Westerdale near a public bridleway (NZ678045) and also six holes next to a farm house on Cropton Lane above Wrelton.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Fylingthorpe

This wall had collapsed for unknown reasons.  It was on a public footpath and access to the farm as well.  
23 hours later and I had it done.  As per usual several extra bags of fill were needed, which, luckily the owner had put by.  I never did discover why it had all collapsed and fallen into the road side. The foundations were absolutely level. The original builders (The Barry family) had also built the small outhouse you can just see on the right.  The back of the structure was obviously designed to be bonded into the wall as it had projecting stones into the wall.