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Rural skills on show in Friends of the Lake District’s Annual Hedge Laying competition

Hedgelaying Competition 2018

[P]rofessional and amateur hedge layers from across the north of England will once again be testing their skills as they come together at Friends of the Lake District’s Annual Hedge-laying Competition on Saturday 20th January.

The competition is in the Westmorland and Lancashire style, and is part of the Westmorland and Lancashire Grand Prix series of events this year to find the best hedge-layers.

Friends of the Lake District organiser Ruth Kirk said: ‘The rural skill of hedge-laying is very much alive and well and this event brings together some of the most skilled and experienced hedge-layers, with novices who are looking to learn and improve their technique. A well-laid hedge regenerates new growth providing a wonderful haven for wildlife, including declining birds as well as making the field stock proof for the farmer.”

The competition runs from 9am to 3.30pm, on Saturday 20th January at Gateside Farm, near Burneside, Kendal on the A591, postcode LA9 5SE. The farm is located just north of Plumgarths roundabout on the A591 heading towards Staveley.

The competition makes an interesting spectator sport and everyone is very welcome to come along to watch and learn more about this traditional rural craft. Competitors and spectators are both free.

To book a place, please contact: [email protected] or ring 01539 720788.

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