The National Hedgelaying Championships took place at Waddesdon Manor on Saturday. Congratulations to Colin Risdon who won the Devon section with Willow Drew second
and Martin Turner third. Full results should be posted soon on the NHLS Web site
Hedgelaying Courses: Both the November 9th and December 7th courses are now fully booked but we still have plenty of spaces on January 4th
and February 1st.
Craft courses: we only have Hedgerow Chair and Christmas decoration courses formally scheduled this year but if you want to make a hurdle or a splint basket please
get in touch - we only need 4 people to make the course viable and we have already had some enquiries from interested people.
Got the event cookery competition categories sorted...
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 do this by running 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.
We teach the Devon style of hedgelaying in a very "hands-on" way with one experienced tutor to each pair of students. For more details 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, various baskets and Christmas decorations. More information and course dates are on
the craft courses page.
The highlight of the year is our annual "The Skills of the Hills" event. It includes one of the largest hedgelaying competitions in the country together
with craft demonstrations, entertainment, and food & drink. This season it took place on Saturday 9th March 2013.