Welcome to The Blackdown Hills Hedge Association.


8th November

Congratulations to the DRST who put on an excellent competition on Saturday despite atrocious weather. The Open class was won by Richard Hooker, with Steve McCulloch second and Colin Clutterbuck third.

26th October

Also, congratulations to all who took part in the National Championships on Saturday 24th Oct but especially to Colin Risdon who won the Devon class.

Devon results and pictures


Sat 2nd January

Following hedgelaying course with spaces available.

Sun 24th January

South Dorset Hunt Hedgelaying Competition. details

Sat 12thMarch

...highlight of our year: BHHA "Skills of the Hills". (Although a venue is still TBD)

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.

"Skills of the Hills" 2016

The 2016 BHHA "Skills of the Hills" event will take place on Saturday 12th March 2016.

We have a couple of possible venues but are waiting for a bit of scrub to flailed away and a closer look before we decide which to use for the event.

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

"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

Unlike 2014 the weather was superb for the 2015 event.

The event page has the results of the competition and a gallery of photographs taken on the day.