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Posted on September 18, 2023


The first hedgelaying competition of the season took place last weekend during the West Grinstead Ploughing Match & Show held at Priors Byne Farm, Patridge Green. Paul Matthews was proud to take the trophy in 1st place gaining 90 out of 100 points in total. He was closely followed by Matthew Beard in 2nd place and Phil Hart in 3rd. I hope you will join me in congratulating the winners.

It was a hot day with 10 cutters undertaking the hedgelaying in the South of England Style of cutting. the hedge was variable in its consistency of height and everyone finished within the allocated 4 hours, which was no mean task as previously 5 hours had been allowed to complete the hedge.

The winning hedge below (sorry if a little blurry)

The next competition of the season that Paul will participate in is as follows:

2023 National Hedgelaying Championship
and Countryside Event

Stanford Hall, Lutterworth, Leicestershire LE17 6DH

Saturday 28th October 2023

9am to 5pm (Hedgelaying competition 9am to 2pm)

By kind permission of Mr Nick Fothergill


Our hedgelaying courses for 2023/24 are all now fully booked, however, you can still add your email to our waitlist if you wish to be notified if any tickets become available. We are now taking bookings for the 2024/25 season, see here to register your interest: Introduction To Hedgelaying

For those of you who have already completed the Introduction To Hedgelaying Course, you may also be interested in our follow on course: Hedgelaying Skills Training plus the optional NHLS Lantra Assessment at Bronze, Silver of Gold level! Hedgelaying Skills Training