This gave our trainers the chance to cut some hedge!
The site was near Hastings, and while the ground was very soggy it was a cold dry day, so perfect weather for hedgelaying!
Weirdly there were sections of hedge which were on the other side of a wire fence (owned by someone else), so of course we had to leave these sections out additionally there were a few trees which were to remain as standards (mainly apples)
The fence was to remain, and as luck would have it we had some left hander sections and some right hander sections, which worked out just right with the number of people attending.
Most of our trainees worked in pairs this year, although a few brave souls had a go individually.
Steve and Chris had finished their cutting before I had even started, but of course had to then wait for their neighbours to catch up, so they had a chance to get a very early tea break.
The day progressed well, and very quickly with most sections down and ready to bind not long after mid day. Food was provided by the landowners, so a welcome break at about 1pm gave everyone a chance to chat and view other sections.
After our lunch the stakes and binders were swiftly finished, to a height of 3'6" (it was a quite sparse hedge).
Alan Ashby was our judge for the day, and while close he awarded the win to the speedy twins Steve and Chris.
Chris had a long drive home so left before he found out about his victory, which is also why he is not in the picture.
A great dry day, and a nice looking finished hedge
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