Stourhead hosts the 2017 National Hedgelaying Championships

The demonstration hedge created by members of the National Hedgelaying society.

The National Championship is the highlight of the National Hedge Laying Society’s calendar and gives members of the public the opportunity to view the work of the best hedgelayers in the country. The Society has been running the National Championship annually since 1979 and it continues to go from strength to strength.

With a gentle hint of autumn in the magnificent setting of Stourhead House, a team of talented Hedgelayers from the National Hedgelaying Society were busy preparing  for this year’s National Championship is held at Stourhead on the 28 October 2017.

The team of experienced volunteer cutters from all over the UK, descended on the Stourhead to transform a hedge on the estate into a showcase of regional styles.

The hedge, comprising of hawthorn and the odd piece of hazel, was expertly cut and laid in seven different hedgelaying styles. Dorset, Devon, North Somerset, Lancashire and Westmorland, South of England, Derbyshire and Midland style were all represented.

This demonstration hedge attracted great interest from visitors over the duration of the weekend. It provided a great opportunity for the volunteers involved to impart some of their years of wisdom as well as demonstrate their incredible skills. The demonstration hedge is easy for visitors to view from the car park and has the regional style marked alongside it. Well worth a look if you are visiting Stourhead.

The work of the society is to encourage and educate future generations about the importance of maintaining and protecting our nation’s hedgerows and to ensure that this important rural craft continues.

As well as showcasing ten regional styles of hedgelaying, the Championship give members of the public an opportunity to “Have a go” at hedge laying, enjoy the stalls and craft demonstrations.

For further information about the National HedgeLaying Society or the upcoming Championship at Stourhead, please visit our website. www.hedgelaying.org.uk.