On Sunday 20th February Paul participated in the South of England Hedgelaying Societies 2022 annual competition and was the proud winner of the South of England Championship Cup from the Champions Class!

He also went on to win Best Staking & Binding and the Points Trophy, the highest ploughing match Hedgelaying and the South of England Championships combined results received this season. Paul achieved a total of 39 points out of a possible 40.

Paul was delighted to win all these trophies given he hadn’t won since 2009, although, he has been placed second 7 or 8 times between then and now!

“Predominantly made up of Hawthorn, the hedge proved far more difficult than originally was thought due to the stock fence behind which for left-handed cutters like myself is difficult but you just have to get on with it and 5 hours later I am pleased that I did just that” Paul Matthews

I hope you will all join me in congratulating Paul on his achievements.

Thank you,



  1. Just a gorgeous bit of work Paul – highly deserved. Beautifully even, and I wish I could get the hedge to cover the pleachers that well at the bottom. Obviously the staking and binding is depressingly good for the rest of us too!

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