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A Novice at the 44th National Hedgelaying Championships, UK

Written by Sonja Moore, a Director of Hedgerows Ireland. The possibility of attending a hedge laying championship in Stanford Hall to watch, learn and understand different kinds of hedge laying proved to be a very rewarding experience. Especially for one who had never laid a hedge, only tried her hand on the few unfortunate young …

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Robert Hogg (black t-shirt, grey trousers, and short dark hair), our Overall Champion, holding the perpetual Paul O'Hagan Trophy and smiling. He is standing alongside our judge, Russell Woodham (grey trousers, white striped shirt, green tie, navy gilet), who is holding a bottle of Hedgerows Ireland's 'Hedge Slayers' beer and smiling.

All-Ireland Hedge Laying Championships 2023

The results are in from the All-Ireland Hedge Laying Championships 2023! Overall Champion: Robert HoggOverall Runner-Up: Steve BassBest Novice: Brendan ReddinBest Regrowth: Adrian FitzpatrickMost Improved: Robert HoggBest Binders: Steve Bass A huge thank you to all our skilled competitors and organisers, Norman, Anne and Clive – without whom the Championships wouldn’t exist! We’re also grateful …

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Hedgerows Ireland Submission – EIA Review

Dáil Eireann, 23rd May 2023: Charlie McConalogue, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, announced a review of Ireland’s Environmental Impact Assessment (Agriculture) Regulations. These Regulations are designed to protect nature and our environment by requiring landowners to go through screening and an Environmental Impact Assessment for particular projects. Projects may include restructuring rural land (e.g. removing hedgerows or stone walls), …

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Introducing Our New Name!

Yes! We have changed our name to Hedgerows Ireland! The Hedge Laying Association of Ireland – which has existed since 2004 – will have a new identity. We’re not abandoning our purpose, activities or our members. Instead, we’re recognising a need which has become more apparent – and which better reflects our core purpose. Our Constitution provides that …

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Celbridge Hedgerow Restoration Project

On Thursday 18th August 2022 the HLAI welcomes a very special guest at 8pm. On Thursday 18th August 2022, we were joined on our webinar by Sonja Moore, HLAI and Celbridge Heritage & River Catchment Association member. In 2021, Sonja Moore and the Celbridge Heritage and River Catchment Association secured funding from Kildare County Council’s Climate Innovation Fund to …

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Call for Legislation to Protect Hedgerows

The Irish Environmental Pillar, Stop Climate Chaos Coalition and the Sustainable Water Network have produced recommendations for Government entitled “Towards a New Agricultural and Food policy for Ireland”. This comprehensive proposal addresses a number of components, proposing a new agricultural “model that works within the ecological parameters essential to a healthy society, economy and planet”. The …

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