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Isle of Wight Hedgelaying Competition returns in 2013

Thu 31 Jan 2013

Isle of Wight Hedgelaying Competition returns in 2013

Anyone heading on an Isle of Wight holiday over the coming months might like to check out the annual Isle of Wight Hedgelaying Competition that will see enthusiast hedgelayers battle it out to become this year's champion.

Organised by the Isle of Wight Hedgelaying Group, the event attracts a large crowd each year and 2013 is set to be no exception, with entrants working against the clock to lay as many hedges as possible using on hand tools.

Quantity is not the only determining factor in deciding a victor however, as each hedge laid will be subject to a quality control assessment by expert judge Peter Tunks.

Last year, the title went to defending champion Tom Murphy, although he was pushed all the way by eventual runner-up Oz Hoskyns. It was an extremely close fought competition in 2012, with just five points separating the overall winner from seventh place.

In total, 19 pitches were cut by hand by 35 competitors, with a range of competitions taking place on the day, including individual classes and a team event.

This year's event will be taking place at Bathingbourne Lane on February 23rd and will get underway at 10:00 GMT, running until approximately 15:00. A prize-giving ceremony will then be happening at approximately 15:45.

Elsewhere, horticultural enthusiasts might also be tempted to head along to this year's Isle of Wight Spring Garden Show at Robin Hill Adventure Park & Gardens that will be held on April 27th and 28th.

The event was unfortunately cancelled due to waterlogged ground last year, but it is set to return with a bang in 2013, offering visitors the chance to enjoy an array of amazing garden displays, as well as to receive advice on growing their own plants from a number of resident experts.ADNFCR-3083-ID-801532737-ADNFCR

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