Our first two hedgelaying courses of the season are now fully booked. Plenty of spaces from November ownards though
NB The DRST have moved their competition from 5th November to 29th October this year.
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.
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.
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.