Exmoor National Park Authority is delighted to announce the launch of the 2014/15 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.
Although it is not essential for a whole farm/property to be in the National Park, any hedge entered must be within the boundary of Exmoor National Park and have been laid during the winter of 2014/15. 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 winner is 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 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 Officer (Farming & Land Management) for Exmoor National Park says, “If you would like to enter the competition you have until 5 June 2015 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.
The Exmoor Hedge Competition is being run by Exmoor National Park Authority and again comes about through the generous sponsorship of the Exmoor Trust www.exmoortrust.org.uk
Back in 2010, Michelle Werrett contributed a feature all about hedges. You can read it here.