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National Park hedge laying results 2019

Bainbridge, 8 January, 2019

Low Wilkinson Farm in Howgill has hosted the eleventh annual Yorkshire Dales National Park Hedge Laying Competition.

Organised by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) in partnership with the Lancashire and Westmorland Hedge Laying Association, the event on Saturday 5 January attracted 18 competitors across five classes.  The competitors worked on a 10 year-old hedge.

The results were:

Championship Class (eight entrants)

1. Thomas Kendal 2. Craig Procter 3. Peter Gibson 4. Damon Peacock 5. Andrew Kirkwood

Open Class (five entrants)

1. William Bell  2. John Gibson 3. Steven Boyes 4. Aidan Handley 5. James Haigh

Junior Class (Under-18s, one entrant)

1. James Dodgson

Novice Class (three entrants)

1. James Yates-Bell 2. Sally Capewell 2. Danny Hodgson

Starter Class (one entrant)

1. Pete Stevens

Regrowth from last year’s competition

1. Heather Swift 2. William Bell 3. James Haigh 4. Aidan Handley 5. Danny Hodgson

Best Hedger on the day: Thomas Kendal

Junior best nicking prize: Aidan Handley (winner of Samurai Saw)

The judges were Edmund Capstick from Howgill and James Postlethwaite, also from Howgill.

YDNPA Farm Conservation Adviser Hannah Fawcett said: “It was great to see so many competitors and spectators enjoying the day, and continuing this traditional skill.

“Hedgerows are an intrinsic part of our landscape, particularly in the western Dales. As well as creating a stock proof barrier, they provide shelter for stock and habitat for wildlife.

“It is also now recognised that hedgerows perform a natural flood management function by trapping water and slowing flow.  I’d like to thank the host, Alistair Mackie of Low Wilkinson, who is a member of the Lunesdale Facilitation Farmers group. The group is made up of farmers in the Sedbergh, Garsdale and Dent area who are holding meetings and training events on natural flood management techniques.”

For more information on hedge laying or on the Lunesdale Facilitation Farmers group please email

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