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LATEST: Site last updated 27th June 2019

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A huge thanks to all who attended the Native Tree Nursery Boidiversity Week event at Castleblaney Community Gardens on Sunday 26th May. Over 40 people from all over the country showed up. And of course, the Association is very grateful to John McKeon for organising this event and his ceaseless efforts on our behalf. Full report to follow.
A Biodiversity Week Project funded by the Irish Environmental Network.

Two men convicted after destroying nests during out of season hedge cutting. Details see Resources page.

HLAI submission to Heritage Ireland 2030 available on the resources page.

Hedge Laying to feature on Ear to the Ground! RTE 1, 8:30 p.m.,Thursday 20th Dec. See Latest News and Events for more details. This is available on the RTÉ Player.

Hedge Laying Training Course 1st Dec near Ardee Co. Meath. Will shortly be posting an account of the day on Latest News and Events.

See account of our October Masterclass with Nigel Carter on the Latest news and Events page.

I would like to remind members that annual subscriptions fall due on September 1st, those of you who have not renewed can do so by cheque or EFT, details are available on the Membership Application form on the Resources page of this website.

Th Association would like to thank the many hundreds of visitors to our Hedgucation Unit at this year's National Ploughing Championship, great to reconnect the regulars and also to meet the new faces.

See very recent RSPB evidence/advisory note on August hedge cutting and nesting birds on our Resources page. "RSPB evidence/advisory note: August hedge cutting and nesting birds " in Resources section.

The HLAI take this opportunity to point out that there have been NO UNIVERSAL CHANGES to the prescribed dates for cutting most hedges. The new legislation allows for the cutting only of some roadside hedges and NOT internal field hedges. Anyone doing routine hedgerow cutting before September 1st will be in breach of the law,at risk of prosecution and damaging their hedges and the wildlife that depends on them.
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See the recent Irish Times article on Hedge Laying at http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/homes-and-property/gardens/hedges-are-the-life-giving-arteries-of-our-land-1.2940146 or click on our Links page and follow the link on Irish Times Hedge Laying Article

New Group Public Liability Insurance Scheme for Members who carry out Hedge Laying & Coppicing work.

A Strategy for Native Woodlands in Ireland 2016-2020 published by Woodlands of Ireland. The Strategy contains a number of references to the importance of Hedgerows to Native Woodlands. Link on links page


Association Membership subscriptions for 2018/19 falls due on 1st September!

Hedgerows - SoilSavers Poster and references added to Resources page, listed under Hedgerows-SoilSavers

New research paper on hedgerow rejuvenation added to Resources page - "Re-structuring hedges"

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HLAI Hands On Hedges DVD available direct from hlai@eircom.net €12 (plus €3.25 p+p)

Contact number for Northern Ireland enquiries 0044 (0)7591 405275

We would like to acknowledge the financial support received from the Irish Environmental Network