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WORLD: Maintaining a competitive hedge
the washington post
Jan 20, 2019
How hippies, farmers and Prince Charles are preserving the ancient art of hedgelaying.

By William Booth Photography by Tori Ferenc

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the National Hedgelaying Championship, where Britain’s best compete for honor and glory in the ancient art of transforming unwieldy shrubs into managed rows.

All the rock stars of the hedge world are here at Lark Rise Farm outside Cambridge on this icebox of a late autumn morning, as crowds wearing rubberized boots gather in the muddy fields to watch burly men with rough hands swing medieval-looking hand axes.

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