About Us

Read more about who we are, what we do, and how you can become an official member.

The Hedge Laying Association of Ireland (HLAI) is a company limited by guarantee, which does not have a share capital, was founded in 2004 by a group of Hedge Layers and other interested individuals. We are a not-for-profit group.


Aims and Objectives 

  • To encourage and facilitate the conservation, protection and appropriate management of hedgerows 
  • To promote the craft and profession of hedge laying 
  • To encourage and facilitate landowners in the management of hedges by laying, where appropriate 
  • To encourage and train people in the craft of hedge laying 
  • To establish, maintain and promote recognised standards of craftsmanship in hedge laying 
  • To research and document the tradition of hedge laying in Ireland 

Current Directors

The Directors meet as regularly as possible – all Members of the Association are invited to attend these meetings.

  • Paul O’Hagan
  • Eoin Donnelly
  • Eamonn McLoughlin
  • Clive Lyttle
  • Adrian Fitzpatrick
  • Chris McCarney