Sure enough at early o'clock we started to arrive, in the rain (Chris was happy), and were allocated cants around the wonderful castle garden. The hedge was quite young, so nothing massive, a hand tool day.
Some sections had little actual hedge, but lots of rose, which amused a number of hedge layers.
we gave the trainees the better sections, and different a trainer (from their last session).
The hedge was going down well, and the rain stopped. A few people managed to get some root-laying on which makes a nice change. Anyway by lunch time most sections were down with a few of the novice cutters left with a few stems.
Lunch was in the Sissinghurst Cafe, a very good veggie curry.
Fortified with food everyone drifted back to the hedge to finish their sections.
Because we were well ahead of schedule we decided to do a continuous bind, which looks so much nicer, all be a bit of a faff especially if you are at the end of a section which I was.
By the end of the day we had transformed the hedge, and the garden has taken on a different look. it will look amazing in the spring when it starts to grow again, I'm looking forward to seeing all the rose sections :-)
Pictures as always