Hedge taking shape with help from volunteer team

Hedge laying at Salem, Hebden Bridge are Calderdal;e Countryside officer Chris Sutcliffe with Patricia Brennan and Bebe Milroy.
Hedge laying at Salem, Hebden Bridge are Calderdal;e Countryside officer Chris Sutcliffe with Patricia Brennan and Bebe Milroy.

VOLUNTEERS have been giving up their time to help with hedge laying in Hebden Bridge.

Friends of Calderdale Countryside have been working with Calderdale Countryside services to lay the hedge at Salem Cricket and Archery Sports Field, Hebden Bridge, for the third time.

The process takes two to three years to complete and has to be repeated every seven years to provide an ideal spot for wildlife.

Stuart Graham, trustee of White Rose Archers which owns the field with the cricket club, said: “Those of us that have taken part have learnt a new skill and had a great time whilst giving nature a helping hand.

“This part of Hebden Bridge is very picturesque and visited by hundreds of people every week as it is the main walking route from Hebden Bridge to Hardcastle Craggs.

“The hedge forms a very important part of what makes this area so special and it is good to see so many are prepared to work hard to see it remains special.”

So far 25 volunteers have layed over 50 metres of the 200 metre hedge. Work will continue in December.