Cotswolds hedgelaying contest hones rural skills

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Cotswolds hedgelaying contest hones rural skills

Nine rural accolades were presented to an enthusiastic and skilled group of hedgelayers who came out top of their class in the North Cotswolds Hedgelaying Competition this weekend.

Spurred on by the late autumn sunshine, 32 people took part in the annual event, which was held on Saturday November 18th on the Daylesford Estate by kind permission of Sir Anthony and Lady Bamford.

Organised by the Cotswolds Conservation Board and supported by the National Hedgelaying Society the competition saw participants from across the UK pitting their skills against each other in four classes, designed to match their abilities; Open, Veteran, Junior Beginners and Novice and Beginners pairs.

The winner of the Open class, Andrew Holding from Staffordshire said: "I don't lay hedges professionally any more and so taking part in a competition like this is a great way for me to keep my skills up to scratch. I was competing against some of the top cutters in the hedgelaying circuit and I so am very proud to have won."

Prize money and trophies were awarded to the winners of each four categories, and five additional 'best in class' awards were given out. (Best Lady Hedgelayer, Best Regrowth Open, Best Regrowth Junior Beginners, Best Regrowth Veteran, Best Regrowth Overall).

Notes : The Daylesford Estate is located between Stow-on-the-Wold and Chipping

Posted : 26/11/2006 22:07:46

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