July 25, 2024

Denbighshire college students have crafted stronger biodiversity for a Rhyl landmark.

Denbighshire County Council Countryside Service staff and volunteers recently joined together to help Coleg Llandrillo Rhyl students learn the art of hedgelaying.

The group took on the challenge of improving a section of hedge at the Rhyl Cut.

Hedgelaying allows a hedge to be partially cut and laid down at an angle which results in regrowth of the hedge coming from the bottom and allows the hedgerow to thicken at the base providing a dense habitat for biodiversity.

The traditional craft was historically applied by the majority of farms and landowners as part of their winter boundary management. Mechanical hedgerow maintenance then took over but studies have shown how much more effective this older method is for the much needed regeneration of hedgerows.

Countryside Ranger Vitor Evora said: “It was great to get to showcase this traditional craft to the Rhyl students as hedgelaying can really improve local biodiversity and the results at the Rhyl Cut will really be of benefit.

“Volunteers Mal Edwards and Steve Fenner were amazing with the students, delivering a one-hour workshop and working alongside them to craft a good length of hedgerow.”

Cllr Barry Mellor, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, added: “Hedgerows are essential habitats for wildlife and this will make such a big difference at the Rhyl Cut. We are lucky to have a fantastic group of volunteers that really understand this and I am grateful to them and our Countryside Staff for showcasing this craft to the Rhyl students.”