Welcome to The Blackdown Hills Hedge Association.


4st May

NB The DRST have moved their competition from 5th November to 29th October this year.

21st March

Congratulations to Steve McCulloch who won the Open class in saturday's Cotley Hunt hedgelaying competition. Willow Drew came second with Alex Bown third.

All photos and results from "Skills of the Hills" are on the site now.

13th March

Brilliant day for this year's "Skills of the Hills". Congratulations to everyone who took part for a superb display but especially Colin Clutterbuck for winning the Open class. Results and photos to follow this week...

30th December

The Devon Hedge Group have a whizzy new web site - well worth a look.


Tue 24th May

BHHA AGM. Sidmouth Arms, Upottery. 8pm.

Mon 30th May (bank holiday)

We will be at Stockland Fair (sitting down, mainly).

Sun 25th September

First local hedgelaying competition of the season. Part of the The Melplash Show.

Sat 22nd October

The National Hedgelaying Championships. details

Sat 29th October

The Devon Rural Skills Trust Hedgelaying Competition. details

Sat 4thMarch 2017

BHHA "Skills of the Hills" 2017.

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.

BHHA Woodfair

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.

BHHA Hedgelaying Course

Training Courses

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.

Hedgerow Chair Course

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

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).

Skills of the Hills

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.