All Ireland Hedge Laying Championship taking place this weekend

The All Ireland Hedge Laying Championship is taking place just outside Moate tomorrow, Saturday October 2.

The event in Tinnamuck, just across the Westmeath border in County Offaly, is being organised by the Hedge Laying Association of Ireland (HLAI).

The association is dedicated to the preservation of Irish hedgerows, and of the heritage skills associated with the effective care, maintenance and ongoing management of same.

“Given the pressing need to address the dangers of climate change, it is clear that the preservation of Ireland’s 500,000 miles of hedgerows present an opportunity to contribute significantly to both the biodiversity and carbon management agenda.

“Taking place on a working farm, the championship presents an opportunity to learn about the benefits of, and how best to preserve and nourish our hedgerows - as well a great day out for all. Attendees will be able to see hedge laying skills in action, by our competitors, and there will also be expert workshops for anyone to learn more about the history and practice of hedge laying,” a spokesperson for the HLAI said.

The championship starts at 9am, and continues to 3.30pm with prize-giving at 4pm. There will be onsite catering, a vintage farm machinery show, as well other family-friendly activities and exhibitors. There will also be a hedge walk with Anja Murray of Eco-Eye.