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Rural Competition Recognises Dorset Style !!!

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7:27am 5th November 2013

A popular rural championship that sees the UK's best hedge layers go head-to-head has introduced a bit of Dorset flavour to the competition.

For the first time the Hedge Laying Championships, in Buckingham, have added a category where competitors have to recreate our county's style of hedging.

Entrants had to traditionally lay a hedge of ten metres made with maple and hawthorn to be judged.

This time around, 6 men travelled to Buckingham to recreate the Dorset style of hedging in the competition last Saturday (26th October).

Entrants had to traditionally lay a hedge of ten metres made with 90% maple and 10% hawthorn to be judged.

Kevon Rendall, one of the judges of the new class, spoke to Wessex FM and explained why he thought it's taken 35 years get a class specifically for Dorset hedgers, "In the past we haven't had enough with confidence and that had reached the standard high enough to take to the Nationals. When you're going up there you really are showijng off your craft, your skill, and putting your head on the chopping block for criticism. these guys really are putting their day's work on the line."

Kevon continued to say the future looked bright for hedgelaying in Dorset, "From a Dorset point of view, we're getting more and more interest from the younger generation, the Young Farmers, but the also encouraging part is there are so many young ladies, and to see all the young ladies going in and having a go with all the men that have been there for years is very encouraging."

When asked about the style of hedgeing Kevon said, "The Dorset-style hedgelaying which uses no crooks, no string or wire caused a lot of interest and many questions were asked about the system and the style" .

The six entrants in the Dorset class were Chris Claxton, Russell Woodham, Ed Goodfellow, Kevin Goodfellow, Tim Frampton and, Malcolm Dowling.  The judges were Kevon Rendell and Henry Selway and the Steward Jon Stockwell from Yarcombe, Devon.

Ed Goodfellow came first, Russell Woodham came second and in third place was Kevin Goodfellow.

There were over 100 hedgers in total from all over the country competiting at the National event held at Waddesdon Manor.

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