Staveley to host our Annual Hedge Laying competition The rural craft of hedge laying will be tested at Staveley on Saturday 30th January as professional and amateur hedge layers from across the north of England come together to show off their skills at our Annual Hedge Laying Competition. The competition, which is in the Westmorland and Lancashire style, takes place at New Hall Farm, off the Crook Road in Staveley as part of the Westmorland and Lancashire Grand Prix of seven events this year to find the best hedge layers. Organiser Ruth Kirk said: “It’s always a fantastic event which brings together skilled and experienced hedge layers as well as novices just learning the art. It provides a great opportunity for newcomers to learn and improve their technique which all helps to ensure that our hedgerows flourish for years to come. “A well laid hedge regenerates new growth, providing an excellent haven for wildlife as well as making the field stock proof for the farmer.” The competition runs from 9am to 3.30pm, on Saturday 30th 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. Entry is free for competitors and spectators. To book a place, please contact: [email protected] or ring 01539 720788.