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A celebration of traditional hedgelaying skills in Wyre

A celebration of traditional hedgelaying skills in Wyre Published Wednesday, 21 February 2018

After a drizzly start the sun shone on the Wyre and Myerscough Hedgelaying Competition last weekend at Cote Walls Farm, Preesall, Lancashire.

Part of a series of six competitions organised under the banner and coordination of the Lancashire and Westmorland Hedgelaying Association Grand Prix, the competition took place on Saturday 17 February and was hosted by local farmer Peter Taylor.

The competition is organised by Wyre Council’s coast and countryside rangers with support from Myerscough College. On the day there were 11 competitors in four classes – open class, novice class, junior class and championship class.

Volunteers from Wyre and across Lancashire have recently benefitted from training by The Forest of Bowland AONB and the Lancashire and Westmorland Hedgelaying Association that taught the traditional skill of Lancashire and Westmorland style of hedgelaying. The competition is a celebration of this skill and promotes the best ways to manage hedges in Lancashire that are good for wildlife and for the landscape.  

The top three positions in each class were as follows:

Open Class

  1. William Bell
  2. John Gibson
  3. John Handley

Novice Class

  1. Aidan Handley
  2. Danny Hodgson
  3. Sally Capewell

Junior Class

  1. James Yates-Bell
  2. James Dodgeson

Championship Class

  1. Peter Gibson  
  2. Andrew Kirkwood
  3. Heather Swift

Best Overall Hedger

  • Peter Gibson

Best Summer Re-growth from 2017

  • Andrew Kirkwood

Winner of Samuri Saw for Young Hedgers

  • James Yates-Bell

Photographs of the winners can be viewed here.

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