THE ancient tradition of hedgelaying will be on show at a competition being held in Netherpool next month.

Competitors will be demonstrating the countryside art of rejuvenating hedges by cutting the upright parts of the plant and weaving them through stakes to produce a sturdy hedge that continues to grow.

An experienced judge will be looking out for work that is tidy and for competitors to produce a well constructed and laid hedge.

The event takes place on Netherpool Road football pitches, off Naylor Close, in Ellesmere Port between 9.30am and 3pm on Wednesday, February 25. Prize giving will be held at 3.30pm.

There are two classes in the contest, open and novice, which has been organised by the borough council and Cheshire County Council’s countryside management service.

This will be the last competition arranged by the council before Cheshire West and Chester Council takes over on April 1.

Spectators are urged to come down as they will have access to the competition area.

Refreshments will be available and people can cook their own food on the barbecue.

Hazel Barber, the borough council’s 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. A little bit of the countryside is coming to town for this day!

“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?”