The traditional boundaries project will be led by the Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA), working in partnership with the National Hedgelaying Society. A project co-ordinator will be employed by DSWA from January 2019 to December 2021.
Project Aims and Objectives
- To restore and maintain traditional boundaries as an essential element of the landscape
- To restore and maintain hedgerows for biodiversity and flood risk management
- To provide training in rural skills (hedge laying and dry stone walling) for trainees, farmers, parish lengthsmen, contractors, young famers groups and volunteers
- To raise awareness of the value of traditional boundaries and of rural skills
The Traditional Boundaries Project has been developed to combat the decline in the condition of our landscape heritage and loss of traditional rural skills in the Pendle Hill area. It will achieve this by:
- Restoration of Traditional Boundaries - The project will select high priority walls and hedgerows for restoration, as identified in the PHLP Boundary Action Plan. The targets are to restore 1000m of walling and 6000m of hedges. The restoration work began in November 2019 with the wall alongside the track up to the bottom of the steps up Pendle. By the start of 2020, this was supplemented by work on seven stretches of hedgerow around the project area - look out for a long stretch beside the A59 at the turning to Chatburn which is due to begin in late February 2020.
- Advice to Community groups, Farmers and Landowners - Advise and support farmers and landowners in accessing, securing and delivering boundary restoration works via Defra agri-environment schemes, including the Capital Boundary Grant. So far we are helping four of our farmer network members access these grants.
- Training - Training courses in both dry stone walling and hedgelaying will be arranged in each year of the project and will be tutored by experienced and qualified, professional Instructors. So far we have organised four walling training courses and two hedgelaying courses, working with young farmers and volunteers. One of the 'graduates' from 'walling school' has already had their first paid contract!
Contact: Please contact Sarah Robinson at PendleHill Landscape Partnership on firstname.lastname@example.org.