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How on earth is it 3 months since the National Hedgelaying Society was in Barton Village?!

On the 27thOctober last year– there was a frightfully cold southerly winds blowing a gust across the open fields of Lark Rise Farm. Up before the crack of dawn, this did not deter those prepping the hedges for the 40th Annual Hedge Laying Championship.

As the clock struck 9am, the horn was blown, and the fields were alive with the sounds of roaring chainsaws. 100 competitors from up and down the country had descended on the village to display their prowess in hedge-laying. Despite the very chilly winds, it was a gloriously sunny day and did not deter people from visiting the event! A full array of expertise and skills to view, it was a great day for all those who visited.

Since the National Hedge Laying Championship

The hedges have grown to become accustom to their new styles – Dorset, Derbyshire, Midlands and Southern just to name a few! Recently the CRT’s wildlife monitor took a walk down to the hedges and took a picture of their progress. Next year, and for many years more, these will be tidy gorgeous hedges that will continue to grow, creating wonderful habitats and wildlife corridors whilst also being a vital partitioning across the Lark Rise fields.

Recently, Roger Buisson sent us a time lapse video of Malcolm Johnson laying a hedge in the Midland style. Watch the video and see the skill involved!