Isle of Wight

The 25th Annual IW Hedgelaying Competition

Saturday 25th February 2017 from 10am until 4pm

Location TBA.

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The Isle of Wight Hedgerow Group exists to encourage the planting of new hedges and the good management of existing ones, and to promote the art of hedgelaying. The group organises the annual Isle of Wight Hedgelaying Competition and is made up of individuals and organisations on the Isle of Wight who are interested in hedgerows.

Hedgelaying is the traditional way of managing hedges throughout much of England and Wales. It creates a thick barrier from untidy, gappy and straggling hedges.  BillhooksStems are cut most of the way through so that they can be bent over without damaging them. This traditional country skill declined for much of the 20th century, and at one time looked as though it would die out. However a revival in the late 20th century came from an influx of amateur hedgelayers who now keep the craft alive as a hobby, as well as a small but growing number of professionals who find their services in demand when landowners realise the aesthetic and historic value of a real laid hedge.


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Oswald Hoskyns

IoW 2015 Open Champion Oswald Hoskyns, who doesn't need the money but is passionate about hedge laying, is a qualified trainer and an accredited cutter with the National Hedge Laying Society. So whether you want to learn the skill or arrange for Oswald to lay your hedge contact him on 01983 731514.

Cross Country Services

Cross Country Services: Fully Qualified and Insured Tree Surgeons. We specialise in Tree Surgery, Hedge Planting & Cutting, Fruit Tree Pruning, Woodland Management, Forestry, Coppicing and Scrub Clearance. We also offer a professional Stump Grinding/Removal Service.

01983 759 829

07523 952 797

07902 904 529

Landscape Therapy

Landscape Therapy: All types of hedging plants sold and delivered Islandwide from our West Wight nursery. Advice on planting and maintaining hedges and woodland of all types.

01983 760011

07966 292334



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