A photography essay by Angus D. Birditt, capturing Allan Housman, a hedgelayer on the Welsh-English border. Allan lays in two regional styles, the Midlands (or Bullock) style and the Welsh style. The Midlands style is normally styled for cattle, angled in such a way to keep them away from the fence line and sturdy in build. The Welsh style is lower in height than the Midlands, and the face of the hedge is filled in more to keep the sheep within the hedge boundary. This series was taken during the hedgelaying season, when the birds are not nesting in the hedgerows.
Allan Housman, who has been hedgelaying for decades, lays hedges for local farmers and landowners who wish to rejuvenate their local hedges and biodiversity
Photography by Angus D. Birditt