Woven hurdle making

Saturday 4 - Sunday 5 February 2017



The course

Hazel wattle hurdles were used for many years for penning sheep , today you are more likely to see them in the garden used for fences, screening off areas and also used for climbing plants such as clematis.

In a slightly cruder fashion they are used in the development of “wattle and daub” buildings, there are different styles of hurdles from various regions of the England but primarily in the southern regions as the further North you go the less hazel there seems to be.

The hazel used for the course comes from a small wood in Redhill Surrey called Felland Copse. Each rod is cleft into two then woven through uprights to produce a strong woven panel.

The tutor

Paul Matthews has been a professional hedge layer/hurdle maker for 16 years, starting with his grandfather who laid a hedge with Paul when he was 79. Currently he manages a small wood in Redhill Surrey during the autumn/winter months,  then from March through to September he works at the Titsey estate as a assistant gardener.

Participant information

Please bring gloves, secateurs, loppers and strong sturdy shoes or boots Please be aware you will need to transport the hurdle home after the course.

The finished hurdle will measure approximately 6 feet long by 3 feet high, although individual measurements may vary.


£190 per person, to include tuition, materials, teas and coffees. The Museum café will be open or you can bring a packed lunch.

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Living Museum has over 45 historic building exhibits. It is also home to the award winning and innovative Downland Gridshell, which houses a conservation workshop and artefact store, and is also used for many practical courses. The Museum runs a full programme of courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts, along with MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation validated by the University of York. Please telephone for further details.