From the rolling South Downs of Sussex, through the White Cliffs of Dover, under the English Channel, to catch up with old friends & make new friends, we found the next site for the next “International hedgelaying Championship” in France.
Excellent hospitality, challenging hedges, flat open landscape, fencing with railway sleepers for intermediate fence posts, we started in the Polders, with open flat fields & plenty of drainage ditches, old windmills that were drainage pumps. Excellent cuisine, glorious sunrises 🌅 & stunning sunsets. The bikes had mud guards on.
Hay barns with raisable roofs, Lex Rouleveld’s birthday to celebrate, I found an old hay fork resting horizontally in my hedge, it must have been there for years, fantastic B & B at Jan & Corrie van Leeuwen, Langbroek plus 2 nights accomadation at Klooster Monastery in Boxmeer.
3 days training & demonstrating hedgelaying.
Great weekend at the Annual Boxmeer hedge laying championship with 47 teams & 5,000 plus visitors. Dave Truran was a clear leader in the “spitting the pea” competition at the “Hedgeland Games”.
Thank you to Dave Truran & Peter Tunks for contributing to a great trip. Phil Hart.