HEDGING, YOU BET
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