The Devon Hedge Laying Competition is run by the Devon Hedge Group and aims to promote and publicise traditional skills and good practice in hedge management. The 2016/17 competition is now closed but will open again for entries in September 2017.
The Devon Hedge Competition was kindly sponsored by Western Power and FWAG SW
Open Class: Best layed hedge
Winner: Nick Copp, who laid 600m of hedge at Cotley Farm near Chard. The judges were impressed with both the quality and quantity of hedge laying that was carried out.
Second: Steve McCulloch, Dunkeswell Abbey. This was another high quality section of laid hedge with good quality casting up.
Third: Richard Hooker, Worhams Farm, Shute. The quality of the cutting and steeping was very good but the choice of hedge meant that some sections were completed and others not, which detracted from the overall effect.
The judges were looking for a combination of stock-proofness, the quantity and quality of re-growth, traditional style, wildlife value and overall appearance. The work should have included casting-up and/or bank restoration.
Each year the winners is presented with a magnificent trophy, with their name engraved on it, which they may keep for the year. The trophy is a billhook carved from hedge oak set in a partially cut ash stem. It was commissioned from Martin Beat in 2015.
Our thanks to all entrants for their hard work restoring and maintaining Devon’s unique and wonderful hedges.