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Hedgelaying and Dry-Stone Walling Competitions

Cotswolds Conservation Board holds two competitions.

The competitions are free to enter and have a range of classes based on skills and experience.

  • Cotswolds AONB Hedgelaying Championship 2017

    Every year the Cotswolds Conservation Board runs the Cotswolds AONB Hedgelaying Championship with the support of the National Hedgelaying Society. Winners in each class receive prize money and a trophy and 2nd-3rd places receive prize money.

    The competition is free to enter and has the following classes (Midland style):

    Junior, Beginners and Novice
    Beginners pairs

    RULE CHANGE 03/11/2017 - due to nature of the hedge following a site assessments chain saws will now be allowed

    ** If you are under 30 then you may be entitled to an award of £25 for taking part in the competition, seen the NHLS award scheme details below.

    The 2017 championship will be held on Saturday 18th November.

    The location has been confirmed as Workham Farm, Fifield, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 6H

    To enter online please download the entry form using the link below and return it to edward.bonn@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk no later than 9th November 2017, or send by post to

    Edward Bonn
    Cotswolds Conservation Board
    GL54 3JH

    Please ensure you are aware of the competition rules before submitting your entry.

    -  Download Hedgelaying Competition Entry Form and Rules > (MS Word)

    Download Hedgelaying Competition Entry Form and Rules >  (PDF alternative version)

    If you have any queries contact Ed Bonn, Rural Skills Officer on 01451 862002 

    *** National Hedge Laying Society (NHLS) Award Scheme 2017/2018 ***

    This year to encourage younger people to take up the skills of Hedge Laying the National Hedge Laying Society are offering awards of £25 to anyone under the age of 30 taking part in hedge laying competitions or training events.

    To qualify individuals must be under the age of 30 at the time of the competition (we will ask you to send evidence of your DOB, Name, Postal Address and Telephone number when applying).   Once the competition is complete we will then send off the claim for the award to the National Hedge Laying Society who will then approve and make payment direct to you.

    This only applies to hedge laying training courses and competitions which take place between 1st September 2017 and 1st May 2018.  Claims must be submitted within 28 days of the course/event to qualify.   More information about the award can be found on the NHLS website www.hedgelaying.org.uk

  • Cotswolds AONB Dry-stone Wall Competition 2018
    in partnership with the Cotswolds branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association.
    Date and location will be announced early 2018.