Glenn, Della and John Bealey from Week Farm near Great Torrington have been awarded first prize in the Devon Hedge Tree Competition.
Glenn is passionate about hedgerows and has planted many hedge trees on his 310 acre beef, sheep and arable farm in recent years. Glenn says “Increasing the number and variety of hedgerow trees on our farm has benefitted wildlife and the landscape hugely, and I’ve found planting and looking after them very rewarding. The farm is now a much more attractive place, at little extra cost. We are delighted to have won first prize”.
Richard and Lisa Gray of Priddons Farm, Holne, Dartmoor, received second prize. The judges were impressed by the number and range of native hedgerow trees they have fostered in an area of very high landscape value despite the challenges of high altitude and exposure.
Third place went to Andrew Hendy of Ley Farm, Diptford, in the South Hams and the South Devon AONB, in recognition of the numerous young hedge trees that Andrew has selected to grow on.
Jim and Roberta Powell at Holne Court Farm, Holne; Colin Wakeham, Colston Farm, Buckfastleigh and Geoff and Cathy Pitt, Oaklands, Brandis Corner were each Highly Commended.