Blackdown Hills Hedge Association

Welcome to The Blackdown Hills Hedge Association.

 News 

1st July

As you can see, we have a venue and a date for the 2015 "Skills of the Hills" event. It's very early days and we don't have much detail at this stage but one for your diary nontheless.

6th June

Middle of the quiet season and not much to report but the NHLS have announced the venue for the 2014 National Championships. They will be at East Field farm, Hough on the Hill, near Grantham in Lincolnshire. (see opposite for the date).

 Diary 

Sun 28th September

First local hedgelaying competition of the season is part of the The Melplash Show. This year the hedgelaying and ploughing will be at South Bowood Farm, Salwayash near Bridport.

Sat 4th October

The first BHHA hedgelaying course of the season.

Sat 25th October

The National Hedgelaying Championships. More details on the NHLS Web site in due course (we hope).

Sat 1st November

The Devon Rural Skills Trust Hedgelaying competition. See the DRST web site for contact details.

BHHA Skills of the Hills 2015

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.

Blackdown Hills AONB Map

The aim of the Association is to do their utmost to preserve the rural skills associated with hedgerows.

BHHA Woodfair

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.

BHHA Hedgelaying Course

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

"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.

Skills of the Hills

This season it was due to take place in early March. Unfortunately the weather intervened and the main part of the event had to be cancelled. Undaunted, the hedgelayers turned out a couple of weeks later to hold a competition on the site but without the general public and other attractions that make it a unique occasion.

The event page shows the results of the competition and some photographs taken on the day.

Let's hope for some better weather in early 2015.