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Young Hedge-Layers Pick up Prizes

Hedgelaying Comp L-R: back row Sally Capewell, Peter Gibson, Heather Swift, Jon Oliver, James Yates-Bell, John Handley, Angus Ellwood, Clarke Ellwood, George Harrison

Seven young ‘starter’ hedge-layers made up a total of seventeen competitive hedge-layers who contested places in five different classes at Friends of the Lake District’s Annual Hedge Laying Competition on Saturday 18th January laying 103m of hedge between them.

The event, held at Lowick Bridge Farm near Ulverston, was part of the Lancashire and Westmorland Hedge Laying Association Grand Prix series bringing together starters, novices, juniors and professionals to show off their skills.

After competing in five different classes, the winners were chosen by the judge, local farmer Gordon Strickland. The results were as follows:

OVERALL WINNER      Peter Gibson, Kendal

MOST IMPROVED       James Yates-Bell



  • 1st      Peter Gibson
  • 2nd      Craig Proctor
  • 3rd       Heather Swift

OPEN Class     

  • 1st       John Handley


  • 1st       James Yates-Bell
  • 2nd        Sally Capewell
  • 3rd        Jon Oliver


  • 1st       Angus Ellwood
  • 2nd        George Harrison
  • 3rd        Clarke Ellwood

Ruth Kirk, Friends of the Lake District competition organiser said, “It was wonderful to see the energy and enthusiasm of the youngsters who took part. It’s so important to get young people engaged in keeping this vital rural skill alive and thriving. There was a lot of fun and banter during the day and I’m sure it wasn’t just the hot pie lunch which tempted them to take part!”

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