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Friends of the Lake District Hedge Laying Competition Results

All Winners L-R: Steven Boyes, William Bell, Andrew Kirkwood, Peter Gibson, David Whittaker, John Gibson, Jasper Patchek, Pater Stevens, Sally Capewell and John Handley

Fourteen competitive hedge-layers contested places in four different classes at Friends of the Lake District’s Annual Hedge Laying Competition on Saturday 19th January laying 104 metres of hedge between them.

The event, held near Sod House Farm, Penny Bridge, Ulverston and supported by community led Landscape Partnership Scheme Rusland Horizons, was part of the Lancashire & Westmorland Hedge Laying Association Grand Prix series bringing together novices, juniors and professionals to show off their skills.

After competing in 4 different classes, the winners were chosen by the judges, local farmers Ian Nelson and Gordon Strickland. The results were as follows:

  • OVERALL WINNER           Andrew Kirkwood from Endmoor, Kendal
  • MOST IMPROVED            John Handley
  • SAMURAI SAW PRIZE     John Handley
Class Winners L-R: William Bell, Andrew Kirkwood, Peter Stevens and Sally Capewell


1st Andrew Kirkwood

2nd Peter Gibson

3rd Jasper Patchek

OPEN Class  

1st William Bell

2nd Steven Boyes

3rd John Gibson

NOVICE Class    

1st Sally Capewell


1st Peter Stevens

Hedge Laying 2019

Ruth Kirk, Friends of the Lake District competition organiser said: “A well laid hedge not only provides a barrier for livestock which is attractive to look at and intrinsic to the appeal of the Lake District landscape; it’s also an important habitat for some of our declining countryside birds. The skill and technique required to lay a hedge well can’t be underestimated.  It’s heartening to know so many people are keen to keep this rural skill alive and thriving.”

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