Unfortunately all our courses for 2016/17 have now finished but we intend to run a full program again in 2017/18.
Congratulations to Terry Coombe who won the Devon class at the National Championship held last weekend. Colin Risdon was second,
Andrew Burrough third, and George Pidgeon fourth. Willow Drew won the Somerset and Devon regrowth prize from the 2015 event and also
won the trophy for best regrowth overall. Full results.
The National hedgelaying Society have a new web site.
It has a complete diary of events which will is the place to go to to find out
Preparation for this year's "Skills of the Hills" event are well under way. Do try and come along and see the
best hedgelayers that the South West has to offer.
(If you are taking part, a list of confirmed hedgelaying competition entries is available here.)
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.
BHHA "Skills of the Hills" Event
The highlight of our year. It is the largest regional hedgelaying competition in the country and the second largest overall.
(only the National Championships are bigger).
With craft demonstrations, entertainment, and hot food & drink it is a day out for the whole family.
The 2015 event page has the results of the last competition and a gallery of photographs taken on the day.