Competitors on the hedge of glory in annual competition on Brocklesby Estate
THE revving of chainsaws broke the peace of rural Lincolnshire when an annual competition got underway.
The National Hedge Laying Society visited the Brocklesby Estate to host its 34th championship event.
About 100 hedge laying competitors from around the country battled it out against each other, aiming to claim the supreme champion title.
Each person taking part was required to cut and lay 10 yards of hedge in five hours.
Nigel Adams, the chairman of the society, said: "This is our first time holding the event in Lincolnshire.
"The response from spectators was great and I want to thank the Brocklesby Estate for allowing us to come."
Judges marking each hedge give points based on the cutting of the hedge, neatness and appearance.
Malcolm Johnson, from Staffordshire, is a five times supreme champion.
"I have been competing in hedge laying events for the past 30 years," he said.
"For me, it is about being the best and having that number one title next to your name.
"This is my first competition in Lincolnshire and from what I have seen, farmers tend to their land very well."
Supreme champion this year was Colin Clutterbuck, who hails from North Somerset.
In addition to the competition, there were displays of historic tools, vintage tractors, trade stands and an exhibition relating to hedge laying on the day.
Ruth Coleman, of Worlaby, visited the competition with her family.
She said: "It is the art of hedge laying which I enjoy seeing the most. I think it is a great skill to have and I find it very interesting."
For more information about the society, visit www.hedgelaying.org.uk