Professional and amateur hedge layers from across the north of England will once again be testing their skills as they come together at Friends of the Lake District’s Annual Hedge-laying Competition on Saturday 19th January.

The competition is in the Westmorland and Lancashire style, and is part of the Westmorland and Lancashire Grand Prix series of events this year to find the best hedge-layers. Read more in the flyer here.

Friends of the Lake District organiser Ruth Kirk said: ‘The rural skill of hedge-laying is very much alive and well and this event brings together some of the most skilled and experienced hedge-layers, with novices who are looking to learn and improve their technique. A well-laid hedge regenerates new growth providing a wonderful haven for wildlife, including declining birds as well as making the field stock proof for the farmer.”

The competition runs from 9am to 3pm, on Saturday 19th January at Sod House Farm, Penny Bridge, Ulverston LA12 7RQ.

The competition makes an interesting spectator sport and everyone is very welcome to come along to watch and learn more about this traditional rural craft. Competitors and spectators are both free.

To book a place, please fill in the entry form and return it to LWHLA, Mrs. Ann Kendal, Dale House, Grayrigg, Kendal, Cumbria. LA8 9BU. Tel: 01539 824276 Email: [email protected]

For more information contact: [email protected] or ring 01539 720788.

Friends of the Lake District 2019 Hedgelaying competition in partnership with community led Landscape Partnership Scheme Rusland Horizons

 Rusland Horizons is a community-led landscape partnership scheme, funded by the Heritage Lottery and supported by a group of organisations including the Lake District National Park. Rusland Horizons is one of the first community-led Landscape Partnership schemes to be funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and aims to restore and enhance the unique landscape of the Rusland Valley and surrounding fells. Go to for more information.