National Hedgelaying Society

2018 National Hedgelaying Championship & Countryside Show

Lark Rise Farm, Barton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7AR

Saturday 27th October 2018

By Kind Permission of the Countryside Restoration Trust

9am to 5pm

(Hedgelaying competition 9am to 2pm)

This year is the 40th anniversary of the founding of the National Hedgelaying Society. It is also the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Countryside Restoration Trust, so it will be a combined celebration.

Education is at the heart of what we do.

The objectives of the National Hedgelaying Society are closely aligned to those of our hosts. Our primary aim is promoting a greater understanding of the environmental benefits of the traditional craft of hedgelaying and encouraging the conservation and positive management of hedgerows.

The annual Championship and Countryside Show is a fun way of presenting a public demonstration of the hedgelayers’ craft with about 100 competitors taking part. Visitors will see about 10 styles of hedgelaying representing different techniques from around the country.

Come and see:

  • 10 styles of hedgelaying in the one location
  • 100 competitors
  • Demonstrations of different rural crafts
  • Local countryside interest groups
  • Local and national wildlife and countryside organisations
  • Vintage farm machinery
  • Trade stands
  • “Have-a-Go” – yes, seriously. Try your hand at a bit of hedgelaying safely under expert guidance
  • Children’s quiz


  • Food and Refreshments
  • Public bar
  • Dogs on short leads welcome
  • Please remember it is a field so please bring suitable footwear


Gates open to the public at 9am.

Entry on the day £5 per person (Under 18s FREE, also CRT and NHLS members FREE on production of their membership card)

A good day out in the countryside for all the family. Come and see what it’s all about!

You may also like to visit to find out more about The Countryside Restoration Trust.

We will be adding more information to this page over the coming weeks. Please check back here regularly…