Victory at last for veteran hedgelayer

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Talented hedgelayer David Boyson emerged victorious in a long-running competition held annually by the Yorkshire Hedgelaying Association.

Held at Tom Ramsden’s Lindrick Farm near Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire, 22 competitors tested their skills at the traditional craft across open, intermediate and novice classes.

Mr Boyson, who grew up in Haxby near York and now lives in Northumberland, is a professional hedgelayer with nearly 30 years’ experience but this was the first time he had won the competition.

To clinch victory in the open class, Mr Boyson laid a hedge in the traditional Yorkshire-style over eight yards in six hours.

A delighted Mr Boyson, 53, said: “I’ve been entering the competition for 20 years and I’ve been placed second but this is the first time I’ve won.”