The Annual IW Hedgelaying Competition
Saturday 23th February 2019 from 10am until 4pm CANCELLED
The Isle of Wight Hedgerow Group is sorry to announce that the 2019 competition will not go ahead this year. We have unfortunately been unable to secure a site with both a good hedge and safe access so have decided not to proceed. We shall be back in future years. Many thanks to the sponsors, supporters and competitors who have been involved so far, and apologies for the break. In the meantime, if you know a landowner with a tall, even hawthorn hedge of 200m or longer that is not on a roadside, with a dry field for parking next to it, get in touch for 2020.
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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. Stems 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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