One of the most unique events on the Island is celebrating it’s tenth anniversary next month. Saturday February 25th is the date for your diary for the Isle of Wight Hedgelaying Competition taking place, a sure sign that spring is on its way. The location will be at New Barns Farm in Calbourne, keep your eye on the website for more details or to download the entry form. Landscape Therapy, one of the main sponsors are responsible for setting up the competition with owner Tony Ridd providing equipment and setting up the location.
The rural craft has had something of a revival over the past few years and attracts competitors from all around the country. Hedgelaying is the traditional way of managing hedges throughout much of England and Wales and forms a stock-proof barrier, as well as rejuvenating it by encouraging the hedge to put on new growth. Laid hedges are thick and not gappy, giving greater protection to crops and particularly to wildlife.
Organised by the Isle of Wight Hedgelaying Group, the event is supported by Landscape Therapy, Isle of Wight AONB, Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and Gift to Nature. This year, Gift to Nature are organising a special Hedgelayers Supper after the main event at the Quay Arts Centre from 7.30pm. A delicious, rurally inspired menu, created by the chefs at Quay Arts especially for event, to reflect the local environment and seasonality plus entertainment and prize raffle. Tickets are £26 and available here.