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Wednesday, 28 February 2007

IoW Hedgelaying Competition - 2007

The 2007 IoW Hedgelaying competition took place on Saturday 24th Feb, with an amazing turnout of competitors - some 35 compared to the 23 of last year. Considering the previous day's weather forecast was for heavy rain, the gods must have been smiling on us as the day was dry, with blue skies and sunshine - although the wind at the site was a bit sharp! There were some really interesting exhibits in the marquee from local conservation organisations, plus some excellent food and drink. Several teams competed in the novice section, including several from the College and one from the Rangers. Two teams from the Green Gym took part - Team B - Mark, Ron & Kevin were placed a very creditable 5th at their first go and Team A - Carrie, Geoff and James were placed 8th. Paul Sivell and a chap who had travelled down from Tunbridge Wells were the judges - who was apparently a champion hedgelayer. He said his expectations of the day were initially low, but he was extremely impressed with the turnout, especially amongst the young people and the professional organisation of the event. Many people came along to watch and it was great to see so many GG folk providing us with lots of support and tips. Everyone really enjoyed the day, although I expect we all slept very well...! Lots of media were present (including the County Press) so keep an eye on Friday's issue - hopefully Green Gym will get a mention....!!!!!
The above was written by Carrie......the photos from Carrie, Hillary and Colin...many thanks to you all.....

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