Ever fancied a chance to try hedge laying?

The 2016 Forest of Bowland Hedgelaying competition will take place next month. (s)
The 2016 Forest of Bowland Hedgelaying competition will take place next month. (s)

The chance to admire, and practice, a traditional countryside skill comes to the Ribble Valley next month.

The 2016 Forest of Bowland Hedge Laying Competition will take place at Laneside Farm, West Bradford, on Sunday March 6th, between 9 am and 3 pm, by kind permission of William and Mary Horner.

Held annually, the competition is part of the Lancashire and Westmorland Hedge Laying Association’s Grand Prix calendar and is organised by Lancashire County Council, Ribble Valley Borough Council and the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

A journey through the AONB shows just how important hedges are in this area. Hand in hand with their landscape value a strong, healthy hedge can also act as an effective stock barrier whilst providing food and shelter for a wide range of wildlife, from birds to small mammals.

The competition itself has three classes – Championship, Novice and Open – and attracts both highly skilled practitioners and those new to hedge laying. Anyone interested in having a go themselves, but not quite ready to throw their hat into the ring, can book onto the training session which will run alongside the more formal contest.

To register for the competition, or to book a place on the training session, call Dave Padley on 07860 578558 or email david.padley
@lancashire.gov.uk