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Hedgelaying and Dry-Stone Walling Competitions

2019 Cotswolds AONB Hedgelaying Championship, Saturday 9th November 2019

hosted by Frandor Farm, Sibford Gower, Banbury, Oxon, OX15 5RR.

Please note that the competition will take place at Whichford Hill Farm, near Whichford, in Warwickshire.

Please use the post-code CV36 5PE for the Norman Knight Pub in Whichford, then follow event signage, to locate the field where the event is taking place. We're welcoming spectators, so please feel welcome to join us on the day.

Classes

Class 1 - Open -  Open to anyone with experience of hedgelaying.

Class 2 - Intermediate -  Intermediates are those who have NOT WON THIS CLASS TWICE or  been placed in an open or veteran class.

Class 3 - Junior, Beginners and Novice

  • Juniors to be 21 years or under on the day of the competition.
  • Beginners are classed as those who have not entered a  competition before.
  • Novices are those who have NOT WON THIS CLASS TWICE or been placed in an open or veteran class.
    Competitors who have WON THIS CLASS TWICE must compete in class 1, 2 or 4.

Class 4 - Veterans - Competitors having attained their 60th birthday on or before the day of the competition will qualify for the Veterans class.

Class 5 - Beginners pairs

Rules

  • Classes 1 and 2 to cut and lay up to 10 yards. Classes 3, 4 and 5 to cut and lay up to 8 yards.
  • The draw for sections will take place at 8.40am and laying will commence at 9.00am.
  • Hedging must finish at 2.00pm, when competitors must stand away from their section and final judging will take place.
  • Competitors will lay the section drawn and will not be allowed to change sections.
  • Each competitor is to lay off their number and work to the next highest number.
  • Competitors to lay the hedge in the Midland style, using only stakes and heatherings provided by the organisers.
  • The finished height to the top of the heatherings must be 3’6”.
  • The use of unnecessary and excessive deadwood will be penalised.
  • Competitors will be expected to provide their own equipment and tools.
  • CHAINSAWS ALLOWED

Judging

Will be on a points basis as follows:

  • Cut and pleach 35
  • Stake and heatherings 25
  • Back of hedge 20
  • General appearance 20

100 points maximum. The judge’s decision is final.

Prizes

Class 1 - Open

  • 1st - A trophy (held for one year) and £50
  • 2nd - £25
  • 3rd - £15

Class 2 - Intermediate

  • 1st - A trophy (held for one year) and £40
  • 2nd - £25
  • 3rd - £15

Class 3 - Junior, Beginners and Novice

  • 1st - A trophy (held for one year) and £30
  • 2nd - £20
  • 3rd - £10

Class 4 - Veterans

  • 1st - A trophy (held for one year) and £40
  • 2nd - £25
  • 3rd - £15

Class 5 - Beginners pairs

  • 1st - A trophy (held for one year) and £30
  • 2nd - £20
  • 3rd - £10

All competitors will receive certificates.

Cutting money of £10 per section, will be paid to each competitor/team completing their section.

Download the rules and application form below:

Please email ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk  with any queries. 

2019 Competition - Results

Open Professional Class

  • Graham Teece - First Place
  • Nigel Adams - Second Place
  • Alex Howden - Third Place

Intermediate Class

  • Terry Underwood - First Place
  • Richard Clayson - Second Place
  • Alex Clayson - Third Place

Veterans Class

  • Tony Wilsdon - First Place
  • Martin Jarratt - Second Place
  • Peter Flint - Third Place

Novice Class

  • Guy Dibble - First Place
  • Russell Parker - Second Place
  • Matthew Teece - Third Place

Novice Pairs Class

  • Julia Thomas & Sean Daly - First Place
  • David Molloy & Daniel Roberts - Second Place
  • Claire & Richard Maymon - Third Place

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