Professional and amateur hedge layers from across the north of England will show off their skills at Friends of the Lake District's Annual Hedgelaying Competition and skills demonstration on Saturday 24th January.

The competition, which is in the Westmorland and Lancashire style of hedgelaying, takes place at Sunny Bank Farm, next to the A685 east of the village of Grayrigg. It is part of the Westmorland and Lancashire Grand Prix of seven events this year to find the best hedge layers.

Friends of the Lake District organiser Ruth Kirk said: 'Hedge-laying is a vital rural craft which has been practiced for hundreds of years but is still just as relevant today as it's always been. We have some of the most skilled and experienced hedge layers taking part in our competition, but there is also a chance for novice hedge layers to participate and improve their techniques, making sure our hedgerows can flourish for many years to come."

A well laid hedge will make the field stock proof for the farmer and regenerate the hedge with new growth providing a wonderful haven for wildlife, including declining birds such as the grey partridge, hedge sparrow (or dunnock) and yellowhammer.

The hedge laying competition makes an interesting spectator sport and everyone is very welcome to come along to watch and learn more about this traditional rural craft.

The competition runs from 9am to 3.30pm, on Saturday 24th January at Sunny Bank Farm, next to the A685 east of the village of Grayrigg (LA8 9BU). Competitors and spectators free!

To book a place please contact: ruth-kirk@fld.org.uk or ring 01539 720788.