Traditional hedgerows are rapidly vanishing from our countryside. With their disappearance, we lose not only their flora and fauna but also the tales and folklore that have always surrounded them. Tales of the Irish Hedgerows records these stories before they disappear from memory. With chapters dedicated to specific plants or animals, we learn about the folklore of the hedgehog, the badger, woodmouse, thrush, wren, bumblebee, hawthorn, foxglove and hazel and many more. These are tales that help us to gain a greater understanding of the natural world we live in and which encourage us to live in closer harmony with that world.
Tony Locke is a professional storyteller and member of the Storytellers of Ireland who grew up listening to the tales of his grandfather who was also a storyteller. He has a degree in Heritage Studies and also writes and presents his own radio show for Westport Community Radio.