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Monday, February 27, 2012

Sat 26th Feb 2012 - Isle of Wight Hedgelaying Competition.

Alison's Photographs. (Before)

Terry's Photographs. (During)

Mark's Photographs. (After)

This year's event was held at New Barn Farm, Calbourne.

Saturday the 25th was an extremely fine and bright February day, the best weather I've experienced for the Isle of Wight Hedgelaying Competition.

We again entered two teams, just as we have done on three previous occasions 2011, 2010, 2007. Each rememberable for their particular peculiarities, click on the links to go to each year to see what I mean.

The hedge this year was unusual, mind you no two hedges are alike of course, in that it had actually been layered sometime in the not too distant past and so posed some interesting technical questions about how and what to pleach to make best use of the available material. There are for instance 20 points available to maintain stock proofing; this method of maintaining hedges was traditionally all about keeping boundaries secure for your animals. Nevertheless both teams finished on time - 5 hours pass very quickly when hedgelaying - hard work but as I hope you can see from the photos we all enjoyed ourselves.

The teams this year were, Green Gym 1: Viv, Kevin, Bob R and Carrie who did extremely well and were placed in 3rd position. While Green Gym 2: Gill, Alison, Steve R and myself were placed in 5th position another great result. There were 7 competing in the teams event. Well done to everyone who took part and a big thank you to the organisers and sponsors of the event.

Mark Russell

Many thanks to Alison,Terry & Mark for the above photographs.

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