Celebrating traditional rural skills

TRADITIONAL country skills that help conserve wildlife habitats and promote landscape conservation will go on show in Lanchester soon.

TRADITIONAL country skills that help conserve wildlife habitats and promote landscape conservation will go on show in Lanchester soon.

The County Durham Hedgerow Partnership’s 10th annual celebration of rural art will bring drystone wall builders and hedge layers from around the country to Colepike Farm, Lanchester on Saturday, November 3.

Competitors, ranging from novices to professionals, will build a 20 metre drystone wall which will become a permanent feature while hedge layers will tackle a 75 metre hedge that will form a long term living barrier between two fields.

Organised by the Durham Hedgerow Partnership and Tyne Tees Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG), the competition aims to promote management that maximises the wildlife and amenity value of field boundaries, including drystone walls, in the working landscape.

The competition aims to raise awareness and promote good practice in the skills and techniques of field boundary management and is open to both experienced and novice hedgelayers and drystone wallers. The event is being sponsored by Trees Please, UPM Tilhill, North East Community Forests Tree Nursery and Lanchester Dairies.

Admission to the event, which runs from 9am to 3.30pm, is free and refreshments will be available. For entry forms or more information about the event contact Sue Zissler at FWAG on 01833 696634.

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