Devon Hedge Laying Competition

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

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2016/17 Results

1st Open

Open Class: Best layed hedge

The winning 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.

Judges inspecting the winning hedge

 

Second: Steve McCulloch, Dunkeswell Abbey. This was another high quality section of laid hedge with good quality casting up.

2nd Prize Hedge

2nd Prize Hedge

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.

3rd prize hedge

3rd prize hedge

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.

DHG hedge competition trophy made by Martin Beat, Nov 2015, Tom Hynes

DHG hedge competition trophy made by Martin Beat, Nov 2015, Tom Hynes

Our thanks to all entrants for their hard work restoring and maintaining Devon’s unique and wonderful hedges.

BHHA hedgelaying competition, Don Gaskins judging, 2, Yarty Farm, Membury, 9 March 2013

BHHA hedgelaying competition, Don Gaskins judging, 2, Yarty Farm, Membury, 9 March 2013