The running of the society was taken on by the Cottesmore Hunt from the Rutland Agricultural Society and used to be known as the Rutland Agricultural Society’s Ploughing & Hedge-cutting committee. The Rutland Ploughing Club subsequently took on that part of the work from the Cottesmore Hunt. See the 1951 minutes in History.
The committee of the society organises the annual on-farm competition which enables all cut, layered and bound hedges of more than 3 chain (22 yards/chain) in length to be judged in the springtime by experienced cutters or farmers from outside of the Cottesmore Hunt country.
A prize giving party is organised in mid summer to which all participating cutters, farmers and land owners are invited.
The society also sponsors training for those wishing to learn about this ancient craft. The course is organised through the Rutland Training Group.
Photo courtesy of the Miller Family
at Waterleys Farm, Pickwell Lane, Whissendine.
The first hedge-cutting competition after WWII held on their
farm in 1947. Group photo taken with their backs to the