Each year dry stone wallers and hedgelayers compete in two competitions organised by the Cotswolds AONB Partnership.

The events are open to all wallers and hedgelayers, from professionals to beginners. Competitors come from throughout the Cotswolds and beyond and stand to win prize money and trophies.

The Cotswolds is criss-crossed with dry stone walls and hedges - they are very important elements of the landscape. The competitions are a showcase of the skills involved in these ancient crafts. Members of the public are welcome to come and see the competitors at work. The competitions are run in partnership with the Dry Stone Walling Association and the National Hedgelaying Society, with judging carried out by experienced practitioners.

In 2004 the Dry Stone Walling Competition will be held on Sunday 12 September. The date for the Hedgelaying Competition is Saturday 20 November. Details of site locations etc, will be published at a later date.