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Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Travel -

Many NHLS members con­tinue cut­ting well into their eight­ies and compete reg­u­larly for the Supreme Cham­pion Award. Prince Charles, the Pa­tron of the NHLS and him­self a com­pe­tent hedge layer, takes in a com­peti­tor’s near-fin­ished hedge. Points are awarded for ef­fec­tive­ness as a stock bar­rier, cut­ting and lay­ing, tidi­ness of site and qual­ity of fin­ished hedge. Com­peti­tors have five hours to com­plete up to ten me­tres of hedge in their cho­sen re­gional style. Pleach­ers or stems are cut at an an­gle and need to be laid with some up­ward slant to al­low the sap to rise through the plant. A com­peti­tor uses a spark hook, a type of bill­hook, to trim the top of the hedge and im­prove its over­all ap­pear­ance.

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