The Old Farmyard

Restoring, transforming, enabling – in the countryside

Hedgelaying in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire and beyond

Providing services and courses in countryside skills from our base at The Old Farmyard in Kidmore End, Oxfordshire. 

Clive started his business, Hedgecraft, in 1988 after spending his formative years as an agricultural contractor, grubbing out hedges and filling in ditches and ponds, before realising that this practice was not sustainable. He had always had an interest in rural crafts, so began to seek out the old craftsmen who could still lay hedges, make hurdles and puddle clay ponds in the traditional ways. Clive is now, all these years later, training dozens of students each year in these long-forgotten skills


We offer traditional hedgelaying in and near Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

Austrian Scythes

Promoting the use of Austrian Scythes as an alternative to mowers and strimmers. 

Training Courses

We offer training courses in traditional hedgelaying and Austrian scything.


Have a look at some of our latest projects as well as photos from our training courses.

Hedgelaying in Berkshire

Our clients include:

  • Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust
  • The Crown Estate
  • Knight Frank
  • University of Reading
  • National Trust
  • Windsor & Maidenhead District Council


  • Wycombe District Council

  • Ealing Borough Council
  • Arboriculture Association

  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Groundwork UK

  • London Wildlife Trust

  • Earth Trust


Get in touch


22 Marchwood Avenue, Emmer Green, Reading RG4 8UN


0118 947 0298