A handful of hardy competitors contended with strong winds, spells of sunshine and snow showers this weekend to lay 115 metres of hedge.
18 hedge-enthusiasts battled it out at the Friends of the Lake District’s Annual Hedge Laying Competition at New Hall Farm, Staveley, on Saturday.
It's part of the Lancashire & Westmorland Hedge Laying Association Grand Prix series, which brings together novices, juniors and professionals to show off their skills.
After competing in 5 different classes, including a starter class aimed at encouraging young teenagers to learn the art of this traditional rural skill, the winners were chosen.
Thomas Kendal was crowned the best overall winner.
What is hedge laying?
- A fence is built from scratch by intertwining willow branches between upright stakes.
- It is a traditional method of fencing used on farming land across the UK, although is less common as it requires skill, time and patience.
- It's the only type of fencing to be livestock-proof. Cows can't lean on it, which often makes holes for sheep to escape through.
- And it's not just a barrier - it also provides shelter for livestock and a habitat for various birds.