THE ancient tradition of hedge-laying is on show at a competition in Netherpool, Ellesmere Port today from 10.30am till 3pm.
Competitors are demonstrating the countryside art of rejuvenating hedges by cutting their upright parts and weaving them through stakes to produce a sturdy hedge that continues to grow.
An experienced judge looked out for work that was tidy, well-laid and well-constructed. Prizes will be given out at 3.30pm.
The competition, which has two classes, open and novice, is organised by the borough council and the county council’s countryside management service.
Refreshments are available as well as a barbecue where spectators can bring and cook their own food at the contest site, on Netherpool Road Football Pitches, off Naylor Close.
Hazel Barber, borough landscape officer, said: “It’s wonderful to see this ancient countryside tradition brought to life and amazing to see the skill required to create a strong, living hedge.
“We’d love to see as many people there as possible, so please do come along. Why not bring your own food for the barbecue and make a real day of it?”