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Cotswolds AONB Hedgelaying Championship

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:

  • Professional
  • Intermediate
  • Junior, Beginners and Novice
  • Veteran
  • Beginners pairs

2016 date and venue announced:

The 2016 championship will be held on Saturday 12th November.

The location has been confirmed as Daylesford Farm, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, GL56 0YG

To enter online please download the entry form here and return it to david.molloy@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk.

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


2015 North Cotswolds Hedgelaying Competition

This 2015 competition was held on Saturday 21st November at Fosse Cross, Fosse Way, nr Cirencester, Gloucestershire.

27 competitors took part in the event with participants coming from as far away as Kent and Derbyshire to battle it out for the prestigous Cotswolds AONB trophy.

2015 Results


Winner - Rob Thompson (Warwickshire)

2nd - Alan Ashby (Kent)

3rd - Steve Budding (Derbyshire)


1st - Luke Costello (Northamptonshire)

2nd - Ben Griffiths (Worcestershire)

3rd - Graham Teece (Gloucestershire)

Junior, Beginner & Novice

1st - Andy Deller (Warwickshire)

2nd - David Lee (Oxfordshire)

3rd - Chris Rawlings (Oxfordshire)


1st - Clive Matthew

2nd - Peter Flint

3rd - Tony Heard

Beginner Pairs

1st - Richard & Alex Clayson

2nd - Trevor Ward & Karen Howell

Thanks to the support of the Princes Trust, the cutting money for the 2015 Junior, Novice and Beginners class was been increased to £25 per competitor. The hope is that this will help attract new hedgelayers to this traditional craft.


Other Hedgelaying Competitions 

Interested in Hedgelaying comeptitions? Why not also give the Hampshire Championships a try? 


Contact us

For more information please contact our Rural Skills Officer on 01451 862002. info@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk