Autumn is nearly upon us so it's time to get going again. The local matches contains a
list of upcoming events but the main one has to be the...
National Championships at Chew Valley Lake this year.
We've added a hedgelaying course on a Sunday for next season: 17th January.
Here are the final positions of the unofficial Devon/Dorset "Champions League".
We've sorted the dates for hedgelaying training courses in 2015/16. Details and booking on the course page.
Sun 27th September
First local hedgelaying competition of the season is part of the The Melplash Show. details…
Sat 3rd October
First BHHA hedgelaying course of the season.
Sat 24th October
The National Hedgelaying Championships. details…
Sat 7th November
The Devon Rural Skills Trust Hedgelaying Competition details…
The Association comprises an enthusiastic group of people working and living on the Blackdown Hills who are dedicated to preserving the craft of hedgelaying
and other related skills in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The aim of the Association is to do their utmost to preserve the rural skills associated with hedgerows.
We run training courses in hedgelaying and hedgerow crafts, attending local fairs and agricultural shows with a stand and demonstrations, and staging
the "Skills of the Hills" annual event.
The members of the BHHA regularly take part in hedgelaying competitions both in the South West and nationally.
One of our main activities during the winter season is running courses teaching the Devon style of hedgelaying. The BHHA course
is rightly celebrated as being one of the most "hands-on" courses you can go on with one experienced tutor to each pair of students laying their own section of hedge.
For more details and a schedule of next season's courses see the hedgelaying course pages.
Our craft courses and workshops are aimed at promoting and educating people about rural skills and crafts using materials from the hedgerow. We have
courses on making hedgerow chairs, hazel hurdles, and various types of traditional baskets. More information and course dates are on the craft courses page.
"Skills of the Hills"
The highlight of the year is our annual "Skills of the Hills" event. It includes one of the largest hedgelaying competitions in the country together
with craft demonstrations, entertainment, and food & drink.
Unlike 2014 the weather was superb for the 2015 event.
The event page has the results of the competition and a gallery of photographs taken on the day.