2011 Cotswolds Hedgelaying Competition to take place at Chedworth

Hedgelayers of all levels are being called to take part in the annual North Cotswolds Hedgelaying Competition, organised by the Cotswolds Conservation Board, and taking place at Woodlands Farm, Chedworth on Saturday 19th November 2011.  For future year competions click here

The competition, which is part of the Board’s rural skills programme, follows on from the successful Dry Stone Walling Competition held recently at Adam Henson’s Farm Park. The competition involves five classes of competitor, from novice through to professional, who will be battling it out for the prestigious hedgelaying trophy and cash prize.

To compete, participants 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 carried out by representatives of the National Hedgelaying Society and 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 Officer at the Cotswolds Conservation Board, David Molloy said: "We are looking forward to this very popular event in the Board’s rural skills programme which always attracts many participants and spectators. Hedgerows are an important and distinctive feature of the Cotswolds landscape and keeping the traditional skill of hedgelaying alive is therefore an integral part of our overall skills training programme.”

For further information on the competition and courses, and to register as a participant, please visit www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk or telephone the Cotswolds Conservation Board on 01451 862000.


Notes to editors:

1. The competition is kindly supported by the National Hedgelaying Society.

2. The competition takes place at Woodlands Farm in Chedworth, Gloucestershire.

3. Competition classes are described as follows :
a. Class 1: Open: anyone with experience of hedgelaying.
b. Class 2: Intermediate: those who have not won this class twice or been placed in an open or veteran class.
c. 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.
d. Class 4: Veterans: competitors who have reached their 60th birthday on or before the day of the competition.
e. Class 5: Beginner pairs: any two people working on one section who have not entered a competition before.

4. Competition prizes are awarded as follows:
a. Class 1 1st: Trophy and £50, 2nd: £30; 3rd: £15
b. Class 2 1st: Trophy and £40, 2nd: £25; 3rd: £15
c. Class 3 1st: Trophy and £30, 2nd: £20, 3rd: £10
d. Class 4 1st: Trophy and £40, 2nd: £25, 3rd: £15
e. Class 5 1st: Trophy and £30 each, 2nd: £20 each, 3rd: £10 each

Cotswolds AONB fact file

  • 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.
  • The Cotswolds is the second largest protected landscape in England after the Lake District National Park and represents 10% of the total AONB area in the UK. 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.