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Dartmoor, UK

Cleft gate hurdles

Cleft Ash gate hurdles would traditionally have been made for the penning of sheep. Used in multiples, they would form a portable enclosure. This was to protect land from overgrazing or to ensure that the sheep droppings would fertilize the ground.

 They would have been 6' long and 4' high. The ends would have been pointed to allow them to be driven into the ground. Cleft Ash is used which means that the resulting hurdle is extremely durable. The hurdles are made using the froe, shavehorse and cleaving brake. The Ash used is 12-16yr old coppice material.

We make these gate hurdles in the traditional way with a few modifications which make them suitable for garden gates. Almost any size is possible to make.

We charge £6 per square ft. eg. 3ft wide + 4ft high gate is £72

You can of course learn to make your own. We run day courses in gate hurdle making for £100pp. This includes lunch and refreshments.

Cleaving Ash to begin a gate hurdle.