Billhooks at the ready for the Cotswolds Hedgelaying Championship this weekend

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Hedgelayers from across the country will battle it out against each other in the new look Cotswolds Hedgelaying Championship this Saturday at Daylesford Farm near Kingham in Gloucestershire.

The annual event organised by the Cotswolds Conservation Board will see competitors tasked with transforming a 15ft high wild hedge into an agricultural work of art!

It’s your chance to watch this traditional countryside craft at its very best. Witness the skills and craftmanship of our competitors.

The new look event which will have ‘hands on’ rural skills activities for visitors, coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Cotswolds as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

While the hedgelayers compete there is chance for you to grab a hot drink and have a go at rural skills such as dry-stone walling, wooden spoon carving, wool weaving and cider making and of course hedgelaying.

Entry is free, event starts at 9:30am with winners announced at around 4pm at the Greedy Goose Pub where the awards ceremony is being held.

For more information about the event and rural skills courses and workshops across the Cotswolds AONB visit www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk