Results of rural skills contest brighten up Cotswold roadside

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A length of hedge along a quiet lane in Gloucestershire, between Chipping Campden and Shipston-Upon-Stour was transformed over the weekend to produce a sight well worth taking a look at.

The annual North Cotswolds Hedgelaying Competition was held on Saturday 17th November and resulted in a beautifully laid length of hedge along May Lane, the road into the village of Ebrington just off the B4035.

Competition organiser Mark Connelly, from the Cotswolds Conservation Board said:

“The competition attracted many spectators; even people who were intending to take a walk through the countryside changed their plans and stopped to watch the hedglayers at work.

The finished results really are quite stunning to see and a fine example of a traditional rural craft that is kept alive by events of this kind.”

In all, 26 hedgelayers were given the chance to pit their skills against others in four classes, designed to match their abilities; Open, Veteran, Junior Beginners and Novice and Beginners pairs.

The competition was organised by the Cotswolds Conservation Board and supported by The National Hedgelaying Society. It was held courtesy of DE and DM Drinkwater and Sons.

The results

ClassFirst placeSecond placeThird place
1 – OpenSteve BuddingAndrew HoldingSteven Leslie
2 – Junior and BeginnersRichards PayneGuy RobinsClive Gilligan
3 – VeteranTony HeardPeter FlintGeoff Stephens
4 – Beginner pairsDavid Lee & Richard laneWill Devey & Tom Duffy 
Best lady hedgelayerJulia Thomas
Best regrowth OpenSteven Leslie
Best regrowth Junior beginnersAndrew Williams
Best regrowth VeteranGeoff Stephens
Best regrowth OverallSteven Leslie

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