Looking for a Hedge Layer?
General Advice | Standards | List of Contractors

The Association maintains a list of its members that carry out hedge laying works. List last updated Jan 2017.

In order to maintain professional standards of work, members are expected to achieve a professional qualification through the National Proficiency Tests Council (NPTC)(UK), or equivalent.

CERTIFIED HEDGELAYERS - NPTC ASSESSOR

NPTC Assessor. Has proved competence over and above basic standard.
Can assess candidates to basic standard

NEIL FOULKES
Miskaun. Ballinamore Co. Leitrim • Ph 071 96 44765
neilfoulkes62@gmail.com
Area - Will Travel NPTC Assessor Insurance - Public liability Provide Training - Yes
30 years experience; I have laid hedges in 27 of the 32 counties. I also carry out hedgerow surveys and produce management plans. Presentations, talks and guided walks can be arranged. Training on a one-to-one or group basis (max 6).

PAUL O'HAGAN
1 Brackagh Road, Moneymore, Magherafelt, Co.Derry BT45 7RR • Ph 0044 796 31871
paul.ohagan3@yahoo.co.uk
Area - Northern Ireland NPTC Assessor Insurance - Unknown Provide Training - Yes
DARD demonstration farm



CERTIFIED HEDGELAYERS - NPTC AO20 CERT.
NPTC AO20 Cert. Indicates the ability to lay hedges to a basic standard
CLIVE LYTTLE
Welig Heritage Crafts, 63 Cloughey Road, Nunsbridge, Portaferry, BT22 1NH Co. Down • Ph 0044 427 71542 / 0044 7732600907
clivelyttle@btinternet.com
Area - Ireland North and South - will travel NPTC AO20 Cert Insurance - Yes Provide Training - Yes
I have been teaching traditional countryside skills including hedelaying and drystone walling for over twenty years. After joining the hedgelaying society I attained my hedgelaying qualification in 2008 and continue to work in the countryside, teaching and laying hedges. Full public liability insurance for teaching and contract work.

EAMONN McLOUGHLIN
Tinnamuck, Moate, Co. Westmeath • Ph 05793 36209 / 086 3482951
eamonnmcloughlin64@gmail.com
Area - Midlands NPTC AO20 Cert Insurance - Yes Provide Training - Yes

EMMETT DOLAN
Kilcormac,Birr, Co. Offaly • Ph 086 3022806
dolan.emmett@gmail.com
Area - Offaly NPTC AO20 Cert Insurance - Public liability Provide Training - No

EOIN DONNELLY
The Bodgers Hovel Coolgarrow Enniscorthy Co. Wexford Y2 A5V6 • Ph 087 1262490
thebodgershovel@gmail.com
Area - Wexford, Waterford, Kilkenny, Carlow, Wicklow, Kildare, Laois, Dublinly NPTC AO20 Cert Insurance - Yes Provide Training - Yes
Master hedge layer with 40 years' experience of working on all types of hedges, in a number of styles. Training can be arranged on a one-to-one or group basis. Powerpoint presentations and talks given to interested groups. Consultation service available.

JAMES CARROLL
Chapel Lane, Glenealy, Co. Wicklow • Ph 0404 44849 / 086 8464515
James@stickman.ie
Area - Dublin /south east NPTC AO20 Cert Insurance - Yes Provide Training - No

JOE GOWRAN
Drumcliff South, Co. Sligo • Ph 071 9145504 / 087 7428084
joegowran@gmail.com
Area - 40 mile radius of Drumcliffe, Co.Sligo NPTC AO20 Cert Insurance - Yes Provide Training - No
lapsed NPTC Assessor

JOHN MCKEON
Annadrumman, Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan, A75 PD23 • Ph 042 9740926 / 087 1462790
johnmckeon51@eircom.net
Area - Monaghan, Meath, Cavan NPTC AO20 Cert Insurance - Yes Provide Training - Yes

MARK McDOWELL
Rathgar, Dublin 6 • Ph 085 1645990
macdubhghaill@hotmail.com
Area - Leinster NPTC AO20 Cert Insurance - Public liability Provide Training - Yes

PAUL McNALLY
Derrynacanna, Ballintober, Claremorris, Co. Mayo • Ph 094 9030665 / 086 8613968
pmcwoodman@gmail.com
Area - Mayo (and nearby) NPTC AO20 Cert Insurance - Unknown Provide Training - Yes

STEVE BASS
Brackloon, Shrule, Co.Mayo • Ph 087 9175183
stevebasswoodworker@gmail.com
Area - Will travel NPTC AO20 Cert Insurance - Unknown Provide Training - Yes
I have been NPTC accredited since 2008 and also have the Coillte Chainsaw Safety Certificate. I provide a service for farmers in agri-environment schemes and take on private contracts. Last season I laid over 800 metres of hedges in Ireland covering all counties.



UNCERTIFIED HEDGELAYERS

 

What Will It Cost?

The cost of laying a hedge is usually based on what length of hedge can be laid each day. This will require a site visit from an experienced hedge layer. Hedges vary so much in condition that it is not possible to give a general price for this work.

Some of the factors that will influence the cost are
- Size and number of stems
- Amount of brambles, etc. to be cleared
- Fencing / wire to be removed
- Amount of ivy
- Ground conditions
- Access to site
- Disposal of brash

Landowners looking to have hedges laid are advised to request a written quotation for the work.

Hedge laying, as part of a long-term management programme has been shown to a be more cost effective boundary option than standard fencing. Hedges also give many other benefits that fences do not - shelter, wildlife, visual amenity, etc.

Meyen, S. (1997) "Cost comparison of boundary options" Unpublished report produced by Donegal Farm Relief Services Ltd. for Crann