CORNISH HEDGES

EDUCATION PACK

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The Guild of Cornish Hedgers .... Continuing an ancient Craft

Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty


SUPPORTED BY CORNWALL AREA OF OUTSTANDING NATURAL BEAUTY

Bronze Age field system in West Penwith Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Bronze Age field system in West Penwith Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The Cornish hedge is the historical, landscape and wildlife feature that is already on most school premises or within easy walking distance, providing a versatile study resource. Cornwall has the greatest concentration and finest examples of this Celtic type of hedge within the Atlantic arc. Promoted by the Guild of Cornish Hedgers, the Cornish Hedges Library has been recording the unwritten craft of Cornish hedging and assembling knowledge about the county's remarkable hedges. They are an ancient and fascinating heritage, and our hope is that a new generation will learn to admire and understand them and acquire the skills needed to ensure their future.


This pack, supported by Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is designed to fit in with the A-level curriculum and can be used in project work or to provide local matter for mainstream subjects at other levels. It is also suitable for use in college courses and adult education, environmental and other group project work. Each of the twelve synopses acts as a guide to websites where relevant material may be found. They may be downloaded and reproduced for educational use by printing out or photocopying without alteration.

The Cornish Hedges Education Pack has been part-funded through the Cornwall AONB Sustainable Development Fund, designed to demonstrate best practice in community, environmental and local economic sustainability.

Most of Cornwall's coast, moors and wooded estuaries are located within Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a nationally protected landscape designated in 1959. The Cornish hedge is symbolic of the farmland that makes up the majority of this area.

Lichen-encrusted Cornish hedge in West Penwith AONB.
Lichen-encrusted Cornish hedge in West Penwith AONB.

The AONB is managed by a partnership of local authorities, the farming community, the National Trust, Government agencies and land-based and heritage organisations. For further information contact the Cornwall AONB Partnership on 01872 322350, or visit www.cornwall-aonb.gov.uk.

Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty


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