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…
By Justin Clifford, DRST Trainee
Work started early on Monday morning before the sun and its Mediterranean temperates had time to start taking effect on work productivity. Those who have contributed to rebuilding and recommissioning this section of the Mount Folly Farm Wall will appreciate the added value this brings to the Farm its animals, livestock and the many visitors that walk along the permissive path on their way down to Bigbury who comment on this feature. Its completed 51 metre length is very impressive and can now be seen from the very tip of Burgh Island itself.
Much of the first day’s training was digging out the foundation and bedding in large stones that would act as both ground and below ground level foundation stones, upon which we were to build the Quoin, which I am really pleased and proud of.
This photograph shows the final aspect of the wall that we finished off as it leads up to and into the Quoin itself. It also depicts how the wall looks with the coping adorned to its top. It has to be said we had to be really creative with the stone we had left for the coping but we just about got there with a final harvest of stone from Farmer Tuckers quarry area.
The completed Quoin with a great feature top stone to finish it off.