Welcome to The Blackdown Hills Hedge Association.


27th November

Unfortunately all our courses for 2016/17 have now finished but we intend to run a full program again in 2017/18.

26th October

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.

30th August

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


Sat 4thMarch 2017

BHHA "Skills of the Hills" 2017.

Sat 18thMarch

Cotley Hunt Hedgelaying Competition. details

View the NHLS Diary of events…

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.

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.

Affiliated to the National Hedgelaying Society