Hedge Layers Directory & Cost Information

Find a hedge layer and determine what factors you need to consider when asking for a quote.

Accredited Hedge Layers 

The Association maintains a list of its members that carry out hedge laying works (List last updated Jan 2017 – stay tuned, a more recent update is coming soon!)

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.

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

PAUL O’HAGAN
Area – Northern Ireland / NPTC Assessor / Provides Training / DARD demonstration farm .
Address: 1 Brackagh Road, Moneymore, Magherafelt, Co.Derry BT45 7RR
Contact: 0044 796 31871 / paul.ohagan3@yahoo.co.uk
CLIVE LYTTLE
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.
Ireland North and South / NPTC AO20 Cert / Insurance / Provides Training
Address: Welig Heritage Crafts, 63 Cloughey Road, Nunsbridge, Portaferry, BT22 1NH Co. Down
Contact: 0044 427 71542 / 0044 7732600907 / clivelyttle@btinternet.com
EAMONN McLOUGHLIN
Midlands / NPTC AO20 Cert / Insurance / Provides Training
Address: Tinnamuck, Moate, Co. Westmeath Contact: 05793 36209 / 00 353 86 3482951 / eamonnmcloughlin64@gmail.com
EMMETT DOLAN
Offaly / NPTC AO20 Cert / Public liability Insurance .
Address: Kilcormac, Birr, Co. Offaly
Contact: 086 3022806 / dolan.emmett@gmail.com
EOIN DONNELLY
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. NPTC AO20 Cert / Insurance / Provides Training. Wexford, Waterford, Kilkenny, Carlow, Wicklow, Kildare, Laois, and Dublin
Address: The Bodgers Hovel Coolgarrow Enniscorthy Co. Wexford Y2 A5V6
Contact: 087 1262490 / thebodgershovel@gmail.com
JAMES CARROLL
Dublin /south east / NPTC AO20 Cert / Insurance
Address: Chapel Lane, Glenealy, Co. Wicklow Contact: 0404 44849 / 00353 86 8464515 / James@stickman.ie
JOE GOWRAN
NPTC AO20 Cert / Insurance / lapsed NPTC AssessorCovers area 40 mile radius of Drumcliffe, County Sligo__
Address: Drumcliff South, County Sligo
Contact: 071 9145504 / 00353 87 7428084 / joegowran@gmail.com
JOHN MCKEON
Monaghan, Meath, Cavan / NPTC AO20 Cert / Insurance / Provides Training
Address: Annadrumman, Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan, A75 PD23 Contact: 042 9740926 / 087 1462790 / johnmckeon51@eircom.net
MARK McDOWELL
Leinster / NPTC AO20 Cert / Public liability Insurance / Provides Training
Address: Rathgar, Dublin 6 Contact: 00 353 85 1645 990 / macdubhghaill@hotmail.com
PAUL McNALLY
Mayo (and nearby) / NPTC AO20 Cert / Provides Training
Address: Derrynacanna, Ballintober, Claremorris, Co. Mayo Contact: 094 9030665 / 086 8613968 / pmcwoodman@gmail.com
STEVE BASS
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.
Will travel / NPTC AO20 Cert / Provides Training
Address: Brackloon, Shrule, Co.Mayo
Contact: 087 9175183 / stevebasswoodworker@gmail.com

Are you a hedge layer looking for stakes?

Mike Carswell supplies hedge stakes and binders from coppiced woodland.
The stakes are 5ft not pointed, mostly hazel, with some other hardwoods mixed in, both stored dry from previous years and freshly cut each year.
Binders are minimum of 6ft long and bundled in 30’s.
Orders for stakes and binders can be guaranteed if placed before Samhain, last orders for freshly cut material is the winter solstice.
After that only stocked material is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Also available cleft and round sweet chestnut stakes and posts all year round – price on request.

Mike Carswell is a professional coppice worker and greenwood worker. He has more than ten years of experience in utilising traditional methods to produce sustainable woodland products. A graduate of the Bill Hogarth Memorial Apprenticeship Trust, Mike is fully qualified and insured in coppice restoration, felling and conversion of raw materials. He has knowledge of ecological impacts and the heritage of woodland management in Ireland.


Cost: 50c/50p per stake, with a minimum order of 100. Binders €15 for bundle of 30.
Collection/Delivery: Collection preferred from Wicklow, near Glenealy, but happy to discuss delivery.
Contact: mikecc@runbox.com


Cost Information

The cost of laying a hedge is usually based on what length of the 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. However, costs are estimated to start at £15/€17-20 per metre for a straightforward hedge (e.g. one that has been laid previously). You can reach out to an accredited hedge layer using our list above to arrange a preliminary site visit and get an exact quotation.

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 the 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. Read more in our “The Value of Hedgerows” section. Farmers may apply for hedge laying funding under the Agri-Climate Rural Environment Scheme (ACRES).

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