Isle of Wight Hedgerow Group

The 29th Annual IW Hedgelaying Competition

To be held on Saturday 22th February 2025 from 10am until 4pm, Saturday 22 February 2025, at Parkdown Barns, Calbourne Road, Newport, PO30 4HP by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Mike Morris.

2024 Isle of Wight Hedgelaying Competition postponed
The 2024 Hedgelaying Competition, due to take place on Saturday 24th February 2024, has been postponed to 2025.
Co-organiser Matthew Chatfield of the Isle of Wight Hedgerow Group said "We are very sorry to announce that we will not be holding the competition in 2024.
"I appreciate this will be a disappointment to many, and we would like to thank all the competitors and others for their patience this year.
"The good news is that we have secured a site for 2025 already and so I can confirm that the 2025 competition will be held on Saturday 22 February 2025, at Parkdown Barns, Calbourne Road, Newport by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Mike Morris.
"This is the site we visited in 2015 and 2016 which proved to be a very popular location with well-attended events.
"We look forward to welcoming you to the competition next year."

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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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