National Hedgelaying Championships!

Paul has joined Hedgelayers from around the country today at the 2019 National Hedgelaying Championship and Countryside Event held at Pewsbury Hill Farm, Wiltshire.

 

As many of you will already be aware Paul is a four-time National Hedgelaying Champion and in 2015 was awarded Supreme Champion by the National Hedgelaying Society, the highest accolade you can receive in Hedgelaying! There are over 30+ cutting styles for Hedgelaying across the country and Paul is an expert when it comes to our regional South of England Style of cutting. However, this year Paul has challenged himself to compete for the second year running in the Midland Open class, The Midland style of Hedgelaying is known to be the most difficult of them all and he will be competing against 9 other highly experienced Hedgelayers. Unfortunately, I (Lorraine) am unable to attend this year but I hope you will join me in supporting Paul and wishing him all the best for this event. I hope to post updates on facebook and Instagram throughout the weekend!

Apparently the weather in Pewsbury is extremely blustery today, I hope this loo was empty when it fell over!

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Below is a photo of the hedge that Paul will be laying and to be honest it doesn’t look that challenging compared to the recent hedges he has been working on! The photos in this post have all been sent to me this morning by Rebecca West who is there supporting her husband Graham who is competing in the South of England Intermediate class.

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And there off …

 

The scoring system used by the National Hedgelaying Societies judges to mark the work undertaken by the hedgelayers is as follows:

Points are allocated as follows:

Cut & Pleach 35
Stake & Bind 25
Back of Hedge 20
General Appearance 20
TOTAL 100

The past two weeks Paul has been working on a commercial hedge near to our home in Redhill, he has chosen the Midland Bullock style for this hedge. The landowner has kindly provided a time-lapse YouTube video link showing the start of Paul’s work, I have shared this via our own YouTube Playlist. You will also see young Zac our first work experience lad learning how to add the Hazel binders, for his first day of work I am sure you will agree he has done a great job! Hedges & Hurdles YouTube Playlist

If you would like to join Paul for training in the South of England or Midland Style of Hedgelaying you can join one of our weekend Coppicing & Hedgelaying Training Courses. We run these courses once a month in Reigate, Surrey from October through to February. Learn more …

 

 

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