The 185th annual hedging competitions of the Wrington and Burrington took place last week attracting an increased entry of 38 from across Somerset, Dorset and Devon.
The hedgers were laying a section of hedge in the North Somerset style starting with beginners through to champions. The hedge laying judges were, Philip Avery, of Churchill, Den Croker, of Nempnett Thrubwell, Paul Keel, of Burrington and Mike Ford, of Chew Stoke.
Competitors and judges described the hedge as heavy with plenty of scope to make a good hedge, although it was not an easy hedge for the beginners with some of the growth so tall that when dropped it exceeded the length required, very testing for beginners. The championship class was excellent and one of the judges said “It is harder to judge each year as the standard is so high and keeps improving”.
As part of this celebration of hedging some of the farmers and small holders show off their produce, hay, straw, silage and potatoes, this year the judge was Les Davies of Priddy.
Winner of the champion class was Colin Clutterbuck, of Stanton Drew, second, Alex Bown, of Binegar, third, Chris Chivers, of Midsomer Norton. Best Lady and second in the open class was Tina Bath, of Priddy and third, Chris Claxton, of Chilcompton. The improver winner was Dave Brackley, of Stoke St Michael, with the winner of the Beginners class, Neal Gilbert, of Chew Magna.