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DICK`S A GREAT BET FOR HEDGES

Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 8:58

A RECORD number of spectators witnessed another captivating IW Hedgelaying Competition with people of all abilities pitting their skills against each other on Saturday.
The 15th annual challenge, held at Blackwater Hollow, saw Godshill man Dick Pulleine make it a highly impressive four-in-a-row in the open competition.
Mr Pulleine, 57, of Bleak Down, who runs a coppicing business, retained the AONB Cup, making it his eighth success since 1993, the year the competition began.
“There is no secret to my success. I do this kind of thing in the winter for a living — planting new hedgerows or refurbishing them,” said Mr Pulleine.
“I’m well pleased with another win and enjoy some competition, though I have to say this year was one of the toughest I’ve had to date. Taking part each year gives me a buzz and I always set out to win. With the cup, I also won a new chainsaw, which will do me nicely.”
The judges, wood sculptor Paul Sivell and expert hedgelayer Alan Ashby, of Tunbridge Wells, had a tough task trying to pick a winner in the team event, which attracted nine entries.
IW Council countryside rangers Richard Temple, Karl Dyson and Nick Webb, who called themselves The Power Rangers, took part in the competition for the first time and won The Landscape Therapy Challenge Trophy.
In a day of firsts, National Trust head warden Robin Lang, 44, also won the novices event in his first-ever appearance in the contest, scooping The Mary Sitch Challenge Cup, a pruning saw and Hursts gift tokens for his efforts.
“I had always watched the competition and had been thinking about taking part for a long time, but never got round to it until this year.
"It was great fun, hedgelaying with people I know. It was a really nice atmosphere there and would have enjoyed taking part whether I had won or not,” he said.
  • Full coverage in the Friday, March 2, County Press.

 


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