HRH Patron Day Sandringham

A very good weekend spent at Sandringham at the Patrons competition, this year aimed at encouraging younger & novice cutters with tutors assisting. 6 styles were represented Dorset, Devon, North Somerset, South of England, Midlands and Lanc’s & Westmorland. A very good show of all styles was presented to HRH as he walked down the line speaking to each cutter in turn. I was fortunate to be presenting the Dorset cutters to HRH, and explaining our style to him. A good day was had by all persons attending and HRH was very pleased with seeing so many up and coming youngsters and novice cutters…

Grants are available again

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/countryside-stewardship-detail-of-new-simplified-offers

National Championships

Well the time is just flying by, its been 2 weeks since the Nationals and Ive only just got round to putting this in.

A very good 4 days was had , a lot of setting, then the taking part followed by the clearing away. This year I came 2nd in Class which having drawn a poor section wasn’t so bad. I must say congratulations to Tim Frampton on coming 1st in our class, and very well done to Malcolm Johnson on becoming overall Champion. further details can be found covering all class’s at http://www.hedgelaying.org.uk/pg/nationals/2017.aspx

Many thanks to all that helped and congratulation to all that took part

Judged Instead

Well for the 1st time in 18 years I didn’t take part in the Melplash Hedgelaying contest, I judged instead. Maybe not such “hard work” but the worry of getting it right and doing a good job for those that are working to do there best and deserve the effort to be scored correctly it is just as bad. Here is just a few pictures I took while doing Judging duties. Its nice to see some that have been to our training days doing well and returning the following year to have another go. Thanks to Mark Tilley for being my co judge, also to Peter Yates and David Pitman judging the other classes

Show season over , now the work begins

Well that’s the show season over with for me after the Dorset County Show . Saturday like a real summers day then Sunday like a proper winters day getting us all ready for the Hedgelaying season. Thank you to all those that stopped by at any of the shows we have been to this year and hopefully see you next year. Or maybe see you over the winter in a hedgerow somewhere.

2 Show long weekend Melplash & Stock Gaylard Oak Fair

Well, the last few days have just been a blur of people, firstly at the Melplash Show then at Stock Gaylard Oak Fair with sunshine all the way. Both these events are really great shows to go to as well as demonstrate at and the locations are great. Loads of interest from simple hedging questions to planting and of course laying. Nice to see old customers popping by. and letting me know how lovely their hedge is looking. Hopefully met some new customers too, some bringing pictures on their phone , saying “Id hoped you would be here, here’s my hedge can you do this etc. etc.” . I did manage to have a very quick walk around later Sunday pm at the Oak Fair and there was some brilliant traders/exhibitors/demonstrators there. Both are well worth a visit next August . Thanks to all the volunteers & Staff for very well run events. Now getting ready to do it all again at Dorset County Show, hope to see you there. 

Well we have passed the 21st June

Well we have passed the 21st June, and the nights start to draw in, wont be to long until we start talking about or thinking about the 1st Competitions.

Along with looking forward to the National Championships this year held at Stourhead NT  http://www.hedgelaying.org.uk/pg/nationals/next.aspx .

 

 

Nearly all done for another season

Well the season is coming to a close and this last day or so is being washed out.

Dates already coming in for 2017/18 contests and with the National Championships 28th Oct being only over at Stourhead this year hopefully the local Counties will put in a good “teams”.

Dont forget bookings can be made all year round. The new season will start around mid September   

Further to the SDH Hedgelaying Competition

Just been sent this link

http://www.blackmorevale.co.uk/hedgelayers-defy-rain-to-compete-in-south-dorset-hunt-competition/story-30149255-detail/story.html

Finished another South of England style hedge

Finished another South of England style hedge Part of a 154m job

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