HEDG­ING, YOU BET

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Be­cause of its small com­mu­nity and con­nec­tiv­ity to the land­scape, tra­di­tions are kept alive in Bow­land. That is aptly demon­strate through hap­pen­ings such as com­pe­ti­tions or­gan­ised by the Lan­cashire & West­mor­land Hedge-lay­ing As­so­ci­a­tion.

Com­peti­tors lay be­tween six and ten yards within a five-hour pe­riod on each com­pe­ti­tion day. Points are given for neat­ness, qual­ity of cuts, use of stakes, straight­ness and ad­her­ence to the lo­cal hedge-lay­ing style. Cham­pi­ons are crowned in five classes: over­all, open, starter, novice and ju­nior.

Hedgerows, to­gether with dry-stone walls, are a sta­ple of the English land­scape. Once used to mark ter­ri­to­rial bound­aries and for shel­ter­ing live­stock, their importance nowa­days lays in anchoring soil and pre­vent­ing ero­sion as well as pro­vid­ing habi­tat for birds and in­sects. Dry­s­tone walls are made with­out use of ce­ment, leav­ing shel­ter for many small mam­mals such as the dor­mouse.

The con­ser­va­tion of the small makes the big im­age look time­less and the views some of the most amaz­ing in North­ern Eng­land.

A shot from the pub­lic foot­path on Bell Syke’s Farm

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