LETTER: Students meet Prince of Wales

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xxPlumpton students and alumni were invited to take part in the annual Patrons Competition held at Highgrove, Tetbury.

Plumpton students and alumni were invited to take part in the annual Patrons Competition held at Highgrove, Tetbury.

The event, organised by the National Hedgelaying Society (NHLS) has four categories, two open competitions in the Midland and South of England styles, and two novice competitions for the same regional styles. HRH Prince of Wales is the patron of the NHLS and hosts the event each year.

Hedgelaying is a country craft which has been practiced for hundreds of years but it is just as relevant today as it always has been, maintaining and preserving hedgerows and the countryside. HRH was delighted to see so many young cutters attend the event and keen to continue the traditional skill.

Lecturer and Chairman & Training Officer South of England Hedge Laying Society Phil Hart commended the students: “Plumpton College students put in a solid performance, creating some great stock proof hedges, that will make excellent habitat for the local wildlife.”

Current student Shannon Rowland Extended Certificate Agriculture represented Plumpton College in the competition as well as alumni

Daniel Brend, Forestry; Natasha Stonestreet, Countryside and Agriculture; and Charlie Mililer NVQ Environmental Conservation.

Liz Hobby

Plumpton College, Ditchling Road, Plumpton

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