Hop Tying in May

During end of April, beginning of May, the hops are carefully ‘trained’ or ‘tied’ to the natural coir string. Two or three hop shoots per string in a clockwise motion.  This has to be done for each tall hop variety – Pilgrim, Target, Phoenix, Goldings and Jester.  Hop Tying is all completed by hand! Then the ground around them is flattened to prevent other keen shoots finding a way back.  This process may need to be repeated, depending if the wind is strong and the hops fall off the string.

These photos show the team tying Target for a second time this season.