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Cotswolds Hedgelaying Competition to take place at Ford, Gloucestershire

Hedgelayers of all levels are being called to take part in the annual North Cotswolds Hedgelaying Competition, organised by the Cotswolds Conservation Board, on Saturday 20th November.
 
The competition, which is part of the Board’s rural skills programme, involves five classes of competitor, from junior through to veteran, who will be battling it out for the prestigious hedgelaying trophy and cash prize.
 
Watched over by experts from the National Hedgelaying Society, participants will have to cut and lay a section of hedge up to 10 yards in length, depending on which class they belong.  The hedge is to be laid in the Midland style and must be 3’ 6” in height.
 
Judging is made on a points basis, with points awarded for specific aspects of hedgelaying including cut and pleach, stake and heatherings, back of hedge and general appearance.
 
The draw for sections will take place at 8.40am and laying will commence at 9am.  All hedgelaying will finish at 2pm when final judging will take place.
 
Competition organiser, Rural Skills and Grants Officer at the Cotswolds Conservation Board, David Molloy said: "Hedgerows are a prominent feature of the Cotswolds landscape and provide important wildlife habitats as well as mark historical boundaries such as parishes and manors.  The hedgelaying competition, along with the hedgelaying courses that we offer, help to keep this traditional form of hedgerow management alive."

For further information on the competition and courses, and to register as a participant, please telephone the Cotswolds Conservation Board on 01451 862000 or visit www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk
 
The competition is kindly supported by the National Hedgelaying Society.

The competition takes place at Hitchen Farm near the village of Ford which lies between Stow-on-the-Wold and Winchcombe, Gloucestershire.

Competition classes are described as follows :
Class 1: Open: anyone with experience of hedgelaying.
Class 2: Intermediate: those who have not won this class twice or been placed in an open or veteran class.
Class 3: Junior, Beginners and Novice. Juniors are to be under 21 years; Beginners are those who haven’t entered a competition before; Novices are those who have not won this class before, or been placed in an Open or Veteran class.
Class 4: Veterans: competitors who have reached their 60th birthday on or before the day of the competition.
Class 5: Beginner pairs: any two people working on one section who have not entered a competition before.

Competition prizes are awarded as follows:
Class 1             1st: Trophy and £50, 2nd: £30; 3rd: £15
Class 2             1st: Trophy and £40, 2nd: £25; 3rd: £15                 
Class 3             1st: Trophy and £30, 2nd: £20, 3rd: £10
Class 4             1st: Trophy and £40, 2nd: £25, 3rd: £15
Class 5             1st: Trophy and £30 each, 2nd: £20 each, 3rd: £10 each
 
The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is looked after by the Cotswolds Conservation Board – an independent organisation with 37 members, 15 nominated by local authorities, 8 by parish councils and 14 appointed by Government.
The Government has designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks as our finest countryside and they are recognised as being of national importance.
With its rolling hills and valleys the Cotswolds is the second largest protected landscape in England after the Lake District National Park. It covers 2,038 square kilometres (790 square miles), stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north, through Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, down to Bath and Wiltshire in the south.
The Cotswolds AONB is the largest of the family of 46 AONBs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Source: Cotswolds Conservation Board
 

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