Exmoor's Hedge-laying Competition

Exmoor’s hedge laying competition open for entries

Exmoor National Park Authority is delighted to announce the launch of the 2016/17 Exmoor Hedge Competition.

The competition is aimed at the landowners, managers and contractors who actually carry out the high quality hedge laying work for the benefit of Exmoor’s farming, wildlife and landscape.

To be eligible to apply, all or part of the farm must be within Exmoor National Park and the hedge laid during the winter of 2016/17. There will be two classes, ‘Open’ and ‘Novice’ and the winner of each class will receive £200, 2nd place £100 and £50 will go to the 3rd place. The judges include members of the Devon and Somerset Hedge Groups, who are experienced West Country hedge layers themselves. The previous year’s Open Class winners are also invited to join the judging panel.

Work carried out during the autumn and winter months has resulted in a considerable transformation along many lanes and field edges, as once-shady, outgrown hedges are cut and laid. This traditional management is crucial in order to rejuvenate the hedgerows which are iconic features of the Exmoor landscape, reflecting our cultural heritage and supporting an incredible range of wildlife. The work is very skilled and provides employment for numerous people on Exmoor during the winter months.

Susan May, Chairman of the Exmoor Trust said “The Exmoor Trust is delighted to sponsor this competition again this year and encourages all hedge layers to enter.”

Heather Harley, Conservation Officer (Farming & Land Management) for Exmoor National Park said: “If you would like to enter the competition you have until 2nd May 2017 to submit your entry form together with at least one photo of the completed hedge. For further information or an entry form please ring us on 01398 323665 or email hjharley@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk.”

The Exmoor Hedge Competition is being run by Exmoor National Park Authority with the generous sponsorship of the Exmoor Trust www.exmoortrust.org.uk