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Property


Sector Focus Traditional skills maintain history


Affordable housing specialist Living Space Housing has commissioned traditional hedge layers to install a new boundary between an £8m housing development and Kidderminster Golf Club. Living Space is building 48 homes on the five-


acre site for affordable rent and shared ownership, for housing provider Stonewater. The site is the former Victoria Carpets sports


ground, and experts from Shropshire-based Howdens Tree Surgery Ltd have been creating a new ‘Stafford style’ hawthorn hedge at the site boundary, which they say will reflect the history of the area.


‘We are delighted to be able to see this traditional skill in action at this superb new housing development’


Living Space managing director Steve Davies


said: “We are delighted to be able to see this traditional skill in action at this superb new housing development, which is only a mile from Kidderminster town centre. “We have engaged with our neighbours – Kidderminster Golf Club – since the outset of this project and it was important to us all to reflect the established setting and the many mature trees by creating a permanent new boundary in a traditional style. “The new hawthorn hedge has been designed and laid in a local agricultural style that can


Traditional skills: Alex Howden, Graham Teece and Andy Manley


withstand weather and wear. Combining such a traditional skill with the technology used to prepare the development ground, construct new infrastructure and facilities on site, and build these 48 new houses is creating a legacy that we can all be proud of.” Howdens managing director Alex Howden


said: “This new hawthorn hedge has been constructed in the traditional way and in a local style by using a billhook. The top of the hedge has been finished by a binding technique called


bangling and the single brush style has been used to ensure it is hard wearing and low maintenance. “Being commissioned to work in this


traditional way is always rewarding and when we finish the job and leave the site, the local wildlife can then make the new hedgerow their home.” The first tranche of homes at the site is


approaching completion and will soon be handed over to Stonewater for occupation by the new purchasers and tenants.


April 2021 CHAMBERLINK 63


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