T|HE traditional craft of hedgelaying was on show when hedgers returned to the Westmorland Showground.

The Westmorland County Agricultural Society hosted their Annual Hedging Competition, which is part of the Lancashire & Westmorland Hedgelaying Association Grand Prix series.

Early spring sunshine greeted the 15 hedgelayers who tackled one of the society's own hedges at Lane Farm.

"Interest in the traditional craft of hedgelaying has been boosted by the taster and training events held by the Society and it was fantastic to see so many taking part in their first competition, which we hope is the first of many events in which they will compete," said chief executive of the Westmorland County Agricultural Society, Christine Knipe.

Judges Peter Airey and David Knowles, were very impressed with the overall high standard of hedging and the skills so expertly demonstrated by all competitors. In particular the juniors, which shows a promising future for his ancient craft.

Congratulations to John Handley taking the honours for the best hedge on the field.

Certificates, rosettes and prize money were presented by President Henry Robinson who thanked everyone for their support.


Best Overall: John Handley

Open Class 1, John Handley; 2, Aidan Handley; 3,Craig Procter

Novice Class: 1, Neil Croskery; 2, Paul Hawthorne 3, Francis Williams

Junior Class: 1, George Geldard; 2, George Harrison; 3, Clarke Ellwood ; 4, Angus Ellwood

Starter Class: 1, Marcus Hill; 2, Andy Rodger

Best Veteran: Heather Swift

Best Nicking: John Handley

Best Staking: Craig Procter

Westmorland County Show will take place on September 7 and 8 at Westmorland County Showground, Lane Farm.