ON Saturday, 11 expert hedge layers arrived in Broadway ready to compete in the first Worcestershire hedge laying competition to be held for around 80 years.

Working hard for the allotted 5 hours, the skilled craftsmen and women transformed a simple hedge into a work of art.

Now complete, the hedge looks not only attractive but forms a stock proof boundary that will not need to be laid again for 20 years.

Anyone interested in hedge laying, visit ufinn.hedgelayins.org.uk or visit the Cotswold AONB who run courses locally.