Competitions

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Photographic Competition - The 2017 competition has closed and due to the low number of entries has been deferred to 2018. Further inforation to follow.

 

Exmoor Hedgelaying Competition
Details later

 

Somerset Hedge Competition - The competetion has not been run recently but there are plans afoot for a small competition in West Somerset soon.

The Somerset Hedge Competition aims to promote good hedge management and raise awareness of native hedgerows within Somerset. The competition encourages the traditional craft of hedgelaying as well as responsible hedge maintenance through trimming.
 
Hedges define and shape the character of Somerset’s countryside adding to the beauty and diversity of the landscape. Appropriate management is vital to maintain the valuable resource.
 
Judging Criteria

Judging assesses the whole hedge habitat (hedgebank, ditch, verge, field margin, as well as the standard of workmanship). The following criteria:

Value to wildlife
Value in the landscape
Value to livestock or cropping (if applicable)

Height, width, species composition and any adjacent farming operations will also be taken into consideration. 
 
Eligibility

Any hedge owner or hedge manager is eligible to enter.  This may include farmers, landowners, schools, colleges, parish councils, community groups or others.
Entries can be found by landowners, tenants or contractors
Minimum length of hedge is 50 metres (165ft) for all classes
Garden hedges are not eligible
One entry per entrant per class (preferred)