The plan was to run a "fun" competition for young novice hedgelayers', with individual expert tuition from more experienced cutters. The trainees had a very different levels of skill.
Our hedge for the day was a little thin, and quite old, just for fun there was a fair amount of dead wood, and some really good sections of bramble.
Phil Hart issued each trainee with an expert and we set off.
In the South of England section our trainees had all done some laying so had the basic's under their belts so the expert guidance was really to provide specific advice with the trickier stems.
A few trainees didn't turn up, so a few of the experts stepped in and finished the sections themselves, had they not done so there would have been a few un-layed sections.
In the early afternoon our Patron arrived and spoke to everyone working on the hedge (if you don't already know Charles is a very keen hedgelayer)
At the end of the session prizes were awarded and we had a small snack of soup and sausage rolls
In SoE class the results were
3rd Grace Clements
2nd Natasha Stonestreet
1st Jonathan Adams
The weather was with us for the bulk of the day, even ending in glorious sunshine
Thanks to the National Hedgelaying society, the Sandringham estate, and of course our Patron.
Special thanks as always to the individuals behind the scenes, including our very own Phil Hart, and Mandy & Russell Woodham
Pictures as always
Hopefully more pictures to follow, and as always if you have some pictures of the event please add them (or send them to me and I'll add them)