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Exmoor’s Hedgelaying Competition Runs Again
Exmoor National Park Authority is delighted to announce the launch of the 2012/13 Exmoor Hedge Competition.
The competition is aimed at the landowners, managers and contractors who actually carry out the high quality hedgelaying work for the benefit of Exmoor’s farming, wildlife and landscape.
The hedge must be within Exmoor National Park and have been laid during the winter of 2012/13. 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 will include members of the Devon and Somerset Hedge Groups, who are experienced West Country hedge layers themselves. New for 2013, the winner of the first prize from the previous year will also be invited to judge, so the judging panel will be welcoming Martyn and Justin Atkins who were joint first prize winners in the open class.
The long wet winter of last year made conditions extremely difficult, but a considerable transformation has occurred since along many lanes and field edges as once-shady, outgrown hedges are cut and laid. This traditional management is critical 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.
Heather Harley, Conservation Advisor (Farming) for Exmoor National Park said: “If you would like to enter the competition you have until 28th June 2013 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 firstname.lastname@example.org entry forms are also available from the Dulverton National Park Centre.”
The Exmoor Hedge Competition is being run by Exmoor National Park Authority and has once again come about through the generous sponsorship of the Exmoor Trust.
Note: Image of laid hedge available
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