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1 July 2003
HEDGELAYING PROMOTED THROUGH RURAL ENTERPRISE SCHEME
A new video that will help to improve landscapes and conservation, by promoting the traditional skill of hedge laying, is being launched at the Royal Show. The video has been produced by the National Hedge Laying Society with the assistance of a grant from Defra's Rural Enterprise Scheme.
The video has been produced to raise the skills and knowledge of landowners, farmers and others with an interest in hedge laying techniques. It covers:
Terry Bradfield, England Rural Development Programme Technical Team Manager for the South East of England said: "This video will make a significant contribution to environmental management in the countryside. Hedgerows can be historically important, and are valuable for wildlife and landscape. "
The video, and a display of hedge laying techniques, can be seen at Defra's farmland conservation exhibit at stand D300 at the Royal Show. The National Hedge Laying Society's stand is FW.
The video will be available from the National Hedge Laying Society, "Way Post", Vines Cross, East Sussex, BN21 9EG.
Notes for editors
1. The National Hedge Laying Society was awarded a 100% grant to fund the production and editing of the video in March 2003.
2. The National Hedge Laying Society is a registered charity formed in 1973. It aims to safeguard and promote the ancient rural craft of hedge laying. Its patron is HRH the Prince of Wales.
3. The Rural Enterprise Scheme is part of the England Rural Development Programme. Its coverage is wide-ranging with the primary aim being to help farmers adapt to changing markets and develop new business opportunities. But RES also has a broader role in supporting the development of the rural economy, community, heritage and environment so other rural businesses, partnerships, companies and rural community groups are also eligible to receive funding.
4. The England Rural Development Programme (ERDP) provides a framework for the operation of 10 separate but integrated schemes which provide new opportunities to protect and improve the countryside, to develop sustainable enterprises and to help rural communities to thrive. The schemes (and a brief outline of their aims) are:
A total of £1.6 billion of EU and Government money is being made available under these schemes in England during the 7 years (2000 to 2006) of the Programme.
5. For more information on any of the schemes in the ERDP, contact your local Defra Rural Development Service office or visit the Defra website at www.defra.gov.uk/erdp/default.htm
6. Funding for the restoration and conservation of hedgerows is available under Defra's Countryside Stewardship and Environmentally Sensitive Area Schemes
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