By Chris Baker
Another seriously good-looking hedge, this one at Druid’s Cross, near Ashburton. Twenty people attended Saturday’s course and turned about 50 yards of heavily-flailed hedge into a beauty. A lot of hazel and field maple, some hawthorn and dog rose, with a little bit of beech thrown in. The weather was cool but dry early on, turning to heavy mizzle during the afternoon – so a wet(ish) one! Pictured: Garry, Luke and Steven with their exquisite bit of work, Jonathan putting the steepers in, Nick wielding an axe, and Ryan busy in the rain. Mick G took the tools home and dried them all off over a nice cuppa.
Places are being booked very far ahead at the moment so the next hedgelaying course with spaces available is not until 5th of January 2019.
By Chris Baker
Storm Callum’s last gasp threatened but did not deliver and our annual hedge-laying competition was a winner. There were a few showers and a few gusts of wind at East Fingle Farm, Drewsteignton, but the worst of the weather came just before and just afterwards. About 200 yards of hedge was laid in the novice, intermediate, and in the top-end open classes, and each competitor’s section proved to be a class act.
1st Colin Clutterbuck
2nd Terry Coombe
3rd Colin Risden
1st Dave Brackley
2nd Malcolm Dowling
3rd Gary Moore
1st Mark Joynes
2nd Richard Clayson
3rd Alex Clayson
Ladies Cup: Tina Bath
Jack Connabeer Cup: Chris Stanton
Competitors in Saturday’s event came from as far away as Brighton and the Forest of Dean, as well as Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset – thanks for coming and thanks for a fabulous hedge. Thanks too to farmer Louise for making the facility available, it was great to hold the competition at such a well-maintained farm. Thanks also to Don, who did the lion’s share of the organising. Catch-up with Don’s interview on BBC Radio Devon’s Breakfast Show on Saturday morning at: https://bbc.in/2OZ9vRy (at about 69 minutes). We must be doing something right, the running order for Radio Devon’s 8 ‘o’ clock news bulletin on competition day had DRST ahead of Strictly.
Just a quick reminder that this Saturday 13th of October is the DRST Hedge Steeping Competition! The competition finishes at 2:30pm to allow time for the judges to assess the hedges. This is then followed by the prize giving.
It is at East Fingle Farm, Drewsteignton, EX6 6NJ.
Sorry, no dogs as there will be sheep in the fields.
If you are a competitor entering the Open or Intermediate Classes we suggest you bring a crowbar or metal spike to make holes for crooks as the ground is very hard. Ladders not required this year
Best wishes from Don Gaskins
Due to a last minute cancellation the Dartmoor Hill Farm Project have a space available on their two day hedge laying course on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd of September (this week!). The course is instructed by DRST instructor Jeremy Weiss and is at Scorriton. Contact David Attwell for details: 01822 890912 or Jeremy Weiss on: 07962 432317.
The next DRST hedge course with spaces available is on the 3rd of November.
From Mick Godfrey
D R S T attended the National Trust Edwardian Countryside Fair at Castle Drogo this weekend. Mick Jones, Chris Stanton, Nick Dawe, Jonathan Ansell, David Halpin & Mick Godfrey strutted their stuff to the delight of the crowds…