HEDGE layers from across the North of England will be heading for Penny Bridge, near Ulverston, on Saturday, January 19.

Professionals and amateurs will be testing their skills at Sod House Farm during Friends of the Lake District's annual hedge laying competition.

The contest is part of the Westmorland and Lancashire Grand Prix series of events to find the best hedge layers.

Organiser Ruth Kirk said: "The rural skill of hedge laying is very much alive and well and this event brings together some of the most skilled and experienced hedge layers with novices who are looking to learn and improve their technique.

"A well-laid hedge regenerates new growth providing a wonderful haven for wildlife, including declining birds as well as making the field stock-proof for the farmer.”

The competition runs from 9am to 3.30pm everyone is welcome to come along to watch and learn more about the traditional rural craft. Attendance is free for competitors and spectators, and this year's competition is being supported by community-led landscape partnership scheme Rusland Horizons.

To book a place, email ruth-kirk@fld.org.uk or call 01539-720788.