Countyman Jim Ward learned the traditional art of hedge laying from his father

It is said that when the Romans invaded Britain, they were most unimpressed by the thick hedges impeding their progress. To this day, farmers continue to use the ancient art of hedge laying to stock-proof their fields.

Unlike mechanical hedge-trimming methods favoured for their speed and convenience, it is a process that not only tidies and maintains but also protects and extends the life of this valuable natural habitat.

82-year-old Jim Ward is a champion hedge layer, has judged national competitions for Prince Charles and has been using the method on hedges on his land in Leicestershire for over 70 years.

Gillian Wood, 55, has recently started to learn the techniques and uses them on the farm she runs with her partner.

Listen to them share their experience in the Walking and Talking podcast.