Stunning limestone pavements, ancient woodlands, intimate orchards and meadows and an impressive coastline make Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty one of England's finest landscapes. The work of the AONB Partnership aims to conserve and enhance this extraordinary place now and for the future.
Hedge-laying grand-prix starts!
November 4th, 2015
The AONB hosted the first of the winter’s grand-prix competitions of the Lancashire and Westmorland Hedge-laying Association on Saturday 31 October at Leighton House Farm in Slackhead. A total of 16 competitors took part on a rather damp and misty day, and laid over 100 metres of hedgerow in the traditional Westmorland style. It was particularly pleasing to have four teenagers competing in the Junior Class. Many thanks to Dallam Estate and tenant farmer Steven Gunn for hosting. Hedges are judged for being stock-proof, tidy and, most importantly, for their hedge re-growth qualities.
The winners were: Championship – Peter Gibson (pictured); Open – Craig Procter; Novice – Karl Bell; and Junior (under 18 years) – Aiden Handley. Best hedge of the day went to Peter Gibson.
Tony Riden, Countryside Officer for Arnside & Silverdale AONB said: “Reviving, celebrating and getting local young people trained and confident in the traditional skills of a hedger are really important to preserve the living legacy and character of our hedgerows. Hedgerows are important wildlife refuges and wildlife corridors within farmland as well as providing traditional functional stock-proof boundaries.”