1986 WOODLAND EMPLOYMENT

 The hurdle maker buys the rights to   
 coppice areas of woodland. He cuts    
 hazel in winter & in May the bushes   
 shoot new growth. A bush left 7 years 
 gives  25 dozen/acre hurdles, left l0 
 years 40 dozen, longer & the bushes   
 deteriorate. He makes hurdles in the  
 woods, twisting split hazel rods      
 intricately around. Each 4 ft. hurdle 
 takes 3/4 hour to make, selling for   
 £8, lasting about l0 years, mainly    
 used for racecourse jumps & gardens.  
 The 5th generation hurdle maker       
 rents an isolated  2-roomed old lodge 
 from the Crichel Estate. He & his wife
 have a car, telephone, productive     
 small garden & hens. He has taught 6  
 young men his craft & demonstrates at 
 Agricultural Shows. He is very happy  
 with his quiet outside lonely life &  
 enjoys watching wild life in the      
 woods.                                
 

Map of the area

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