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Prince Charles: This unusual contest held in his private residence in Gloucestershire

Prince Charles was this Saturday the referee of a competition of an activity in rarefaction: hedge plessage.

Prince Charles is a big fan of gardening and does not miss an opportunity to indulge his passion. The newspaper Royal Stories points out that this Saturday, the eldest son of Elizabeth II has refereed an original competition. Thus, in his property of Highgrove, located in Gloucestershire (a little more than a hundred kilometers west of London), several gardeners competed to win the title of the best hedge cutter.

Hedging is a discipline that consists of cutting and braiding hedges. This activity has long been very popular in the United Kingdom and has very specific rules: there are 11 styles of hedge trimming. However, hedge trimming fell into disuse at the end of the Second World War, when half of them disappeared due to lack of maintenance.

A new generation of hedges is on the way

Royal Histories reports that about 50 hedge trimmers were present in the park of the Prince of Wales, who did not miss a moment of the event. He regretted that this very codified discipline almost falls into oblivion. Camilla’s husband then went back to his youthful memories: “I saw with horror miles and miles of a wonderful part of the British landscape being torn away.” Yet the tradition is not lost: at the end of the day, Charles presented an award to a young hedge trimmer aged only 24.

Photo credits: Agency / Bestimage

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