Rural skills on show in our Annual Hedge Laying competition Rural skills on show at Staveley in Friends of the Lake District’s Annual Hedge Laying competition 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 21 January. The competition, which is in the Westmorland and Lancashire style, takes place at New Hall Farm, off the Crook Road at Staveley as 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: ‘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 3.30pm, on Saturday 21 January at New Hall Farm, off the Crook Road, Staveley, LA8 9NN. 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 contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01539 720788.