No chance of hedging your bets

Novice Class Winner, Alan Wilson receiving award from Andrew Adams, President of the National Hedgelaying Society.
Novice Class Winner, Alan Wilson receiving award from Andrew Adams, President of the National Hedgelaying Society.

Twenty-three skilled rural craftsmen battled it out in the second North East Hedgelaying Match.

And Alan Wilson, from Alnwick, won the Novice Class and the Best Local Cutter at the event, which was staged at Ratcheugh last month.

Open Class Winner, Clive Matthew in action .

Open Class Winner, Clive Matthew in action .

Others to pick up prizes on the day included Clive Matthew, from Leicestershire, who was crowned overall winner of the Open Class.

In doing so, the former national champion and one of the founders of the National Hedgelaying Society, completed a hat-trick of wins, having taking honours at both Barnard Castle and Jedburgh earlier in the month.

Craig Proctor from Cumbria won the U25s Award and County Durham-based Karen Humble won the ladies’ competition.

Harry Humble, also from County Durham, took the Regrowth Competition which revisits the work of cutters in the previous year.

But it was local man Alan who flew the flag for the area.

And he was delighted with his performance.

He said: “Everyone enjoyed the day and I was thrilled to win.

“It was great to compete alongside the professionals .”

The event was supported by sponsors Harry Vickers, Land Agent; Robson & Cowan, Scot’s Gap; David Dixon of Hexham; Richard Dodd and Landmarc.

Thanks were also given to hosts Ann and Geoff Humble.