Welcome to the Hedge Laying Association of Ireland's Website.

LATEST: Site last updated 28th September 2015

***Hedge laying training courses October/November 2015***
Details on Resources Page and also Latest News and Events Page.

Membership subscriptions for 2015/16 are now due!

The Hedge Laying Association wish to thank the hundreds of people who visited the Hedgeducation Unit at this year's Ploughing and to wish them all the best of luck with their hedgerow endeavours.

Hedgerows - SoilSavers Poster and references added to Resources page, listed under Hedgerows-SoilSavers

New research paper on hedgerow rejuvenation added to Resources page - "Re-structuring hedges"

New book on Hawthorn to be published on 26th May -

Hawthorn - The Tree That Has Nourished, Healed, and Inspired Through the Ages by Bill Vaughn, published by Yale University Press - http://yalepress.yale.edu/reviews.asp?isbn=9780300203493

The HLAI welcomes the publication of the new Green,Low Carbon, Agri-Environment Scheme, known as GLAS. A number of links to GLAS may be found on our links page and information about hedgerows in Glas may be found in our Resources page

This scheme sees a notable improvement in payments for hedge laying but the Association will be seeking clarification from the DAFM regarding the associated measures e.g. fencing off of laid hedges, to find out exactly what is covered by the grant.


The HLAI would like to thank all those who participated in or attended our 2014 All Ireland Hedge Laying Championship on Saturday 4th Oct at 10 Grangee Rd, Carrowdore, Co. Down BT22 2JB.

It was a great spectacle and the bad weather failed to materialise as the sun shone all day.

The competition was won by Nigel Carter of Northampton, run very close by Steve Bass of Brackloon , Co. Mayo who was 2nd, and Jason Brennan of Ballycastle, Co, Down who was 3rd. The Novice Class was won by Emmett Dolan of Birr Co, Offaly.

Almost 200 photos of the event are accessible on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/hedgelayingie or click on the link to 'HLAI on Facebook' in the Links page of this website.

Thanks again to everyone involved for a great day.


The HLAI have established a Facebook page, www.facebook.com/hedgelayingie, with a link available to it on our Links page.


7 new trainees Accredited to City & Guilds AO20 standard through Sperrins Gateway Landscape Partnership project funded by the NI Challenge Fund (see Photo Gallery)

Irish Times article on threat to our hedgerows due to lack of management see Link Page

New website launched in UK for hedgerow foragers - see links page

HLAI Hands On Hedges DVD available direct from hlai@eircom.net 12 (plus 3.25 p+p)

Contact number for Northern Ireland enquiries 0044 (0)7591 405275

We now have a range of new Morris Billhooks For Sale. New prices to be announced shortly

We would like to acknowledge the financial support received from the Irish Environmental Network