WHAT I DO

I will lay your Hedge, Build or repair your Dry stone walling or 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 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, April 25, 2017

Galloway Dyke

I've driven through Scotland for many years and never seen, or perhaps noticed a Galloway Dyke before.  These are constructed with the stones at the base horizontally laid, as most walls are, but the top portion of the wall is laid with the stones vertically orientated and normally of single construction.  Both the pictures below are of the same wall and can be found A83 in Glenn Kinglas, Arygyll

 |I have only ever seen one of these before and that was in Eire and is found on this blogg.   (see:-More Irish Walls)



Sunday, February 12, 2017

More Irish Walls


Of all the Irish walls I've visited, this one on Calf Islands just off Schull Village on the Mizen Peninsular was one of the most difficult to photo,as it involved a long trip in my kayak. (Perhaps an hours paddling) These three islands are now deserted.
 Sherkin Island, a little further east also has some interesting walls.

Co. Clare, Karst limestone country.  A wall built about 1995, made from large boulders but topped off with limestone slabs.
 A large 'consumption' wall.  These are so named as they were probably built to 'consume' the cleared stones when the field was brought into cultivation.  Thats my dog, Jilly.
Shiners much despised by many UK wallers are large stones placed with their largest surface showing.  They are commonly used in Ireland to fend off farm traffic on corners.  They are still being used.  This one on a farm entrance in Lissacaha North, Schull, West Cork
A Galloway dyke or its Irish name a Fieden wall is a drystone wall built with a double row of stones at the bottom and a single row of stones above that.  They are commonest in the Limestone counties in the west of Ireland.  But this lonesome example straddles the mountain of Galtee More on the borders of Tipperary, Wexford & Cork.  It runs right across the summit at 919 meters.  In addition it has an exceptionally neat top.   Alas this section was the best.  Gravity, sheep and humans have damaged much of the rest.
It was the only example I've seen in the south and south east of Eire.  I believe it was constructed as a 'famine wall', which paid the poor and hungry to build it as an early form of welfare payment.  But why this style of contstruction?.  There was/is plenty of loose material on the summits.

This information provided by Sunny Weiler of the DSWA (Ireland) "The Galtee Wall was built in 1878 by John Thomas, 6th Baron Massy from behind the hill at the rear of Massy Lodge to the western slopes of Galtymore Mountain. It took 30- 40 men four years to build and acted as a boundary between the estates of Galtee Castle and the Massy estates. The main reason for building the wall was to give employment to local small farmers during a period of economic depression. There is a cottage in a valley in the foot hills that is believed to have homed a scottish family. The small farm has some great walls around it aswell as a unusual sheep enclosure." Probably built under the direction of a Scottish waller.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Sheep Creeps

There's a few local names for these, including one of my favourites, 'pop holes'.

This one was part of a wall at Howdale I was rebuilding.  I replaced the stones in their previous order and position.  This was in 2010.  Early in spring this year I was leading a wildlife walk and for the 1st time noticed the circular'cup and ring' marks on  the right end of the lintel.  These marks occur in many places in the UK, and can be found in substantial numbers on the nearby moorland.

This is not the only archelogical find in this wall.  I also discovered a cope stone with several 'cup' marks on one side.  But that I noticed and recorded at the time of finding it.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Irish Walls (2)

Irish walls don't always conform to the same 'rules' of British walling.  Here we have a retaining wall consisting of a mix of horizontally coursed stones mixed in with vertically coursed stone and capped with a double course of vertical stones.
(Co Wexford)
In many places in the south west of Ireland stones are placed in a vertical orientation.  These walls are surprisingly easy to build and the walls tighten as they settle.  They are often built without any copes or top stones. 
 A field boundary wall in Co.Waterford built of rough field stone.  Again no copes/topstones
 The same wall - As you can see it has been built within the last 15 years.

(Below).  In many parts of rural West Cork, the hills and land outside cultivation contain miles of these small walls, often no more than a meter in hight and of single stone construction.n the rougher.  They serve no purpose now and both sheep and cattle can easily cross them.  No farmer I spoke to was able to tell me to what original purpose these walls served. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Want to learn how to hedge lay? Hedgelaying course

I am running a one day introduction to hedgelaying course If you want to learn how to start hedge laying look no further:-
http://www.peatrigg.org/more-2-life/hedge-laying/

Peat Rigg is near Cropton in North Yorkshire.

Nice sheltered venue with excellent lunch provided inside.

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 opposite sides 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?