Training

'Pyth a wre’ta rag dendyl bewnans?' What do you do for a living?

The Outdoor University of Cornish Hedging is now open to One and All!

Located at Kerdroya: The Cornish Landscape Labyrinth at Colliford Lake on Bodmin Moor, Golden Tree Productions is launching an extensive training programme in partnership with the Guild of Cornish Hedgers, giving people a unique opportunity to learn the ancient craft of hedging. This is also a chance to be part of the skilled team constructing Kerdroya: the world’s largest classical labyrinth, built entirely of traditional Cornish hedging.

There are 2, 5 and 10-day training courses available, as well as the full Guild of Cornish Hedgers Advanced Certificate in Cornish Hedging. All courses will be run by a qualified, fully trained Guild of Cornish Hedgers professional with exceptional teaching ratios of 1:6 and 1:4. Members of the public can book themselves directly onto courses and organisations can email for custom dates and group discounts. A number of pre-allocated funded places will be delivered in partnership with the Department for Work & Pensions and colleges.

For more information about the courses or to book your place, please see below.

Photo taken before Covid-19 restrictions

Introduction to Cornish Hedging - 2 Day Course £199 pp 

The introductory Cornish hedging course is suitable for both beginners and those looking to improve or consolidate their knowledge. It has been designed with a ‘home’ hedger or enthusiast in mind, and is run by a qualified, fully trained Guild of Cornish Hedgers professional.  

This course will introduce you to the fundamental structure of a Cornish hedge and give you a basic understanding of how to repair a hedge and put your skill into practice on your own projects.  

Photo taken before Covid-19 restrictions

A Foundation in Cornish Hedging - 5 Day Course £450 pp 

The Foundation in Cornish Hedging course is suitable for beginners and has been designed to give those in related professions or sectors a firm foundation in the skills, technique and understanding of Cornish hedging. The course is run by a qualified, fully trained Guild of Cornish Hedgers professional.  

This course will introduce you to the fundamental structure of a Cornish hedge and give you a sound understanding of how to construct or repair a hedge. You will gain plenty of practical experience in constructing all elements of the hedge and be able to put your skills into practice in the workplace, at home or in your community.  

We are offering competitive discounts of 15% for bookings of 4 and 25% for 8 or more places. Please email training@goldentree.org.uk to find out more. 

Certificate in Cornish Hedging - Intermediate - 10 Day Course £860 pp 

The intermediate Cornish hedging course is suitable for beginners but designed for those looking to embark on a career as a Cornish Hedger or those where a significant proportion of their day-to-day job involves Cornish hedges.  

The course is split into two halves, the first five days being intensive learning followed by more independent working with support and finally a test on day 10. On successful completion you can progress on to the Advanced Certificate in Cornish Hedging with this course counting towards your final qualification. 

Advanced Certificate in Cornish Hedging – by special arrangement 

This course consists of the Intermediate Certificate (10 days) followed by a minimum further 40 days hedging and a final assessment. Following successful completion of this course, you will be a fully qualified Cornish Hedger and member of the Guild of Cornish Hedgers.

Some six-month Kick Start placements will be available for this course but we are unable to take applications direct as all must be referred through the Job Centre to ensure they meet all requirements of the scheme.

Many thanks to Cornwall Council and National Lottery Heritage Fund for sponsoring the funded opportunities.