Welcome to The Blackdown Hills Hedge Association.

 News 

11th January

"Skills of the Hills" on 10th March is taking shape.

Download the Hedgelaying entry form.

12th December

Facebook! Steve McCulloch has set up the BHHA facebook page. Keep an eye on that for up to the minute info.

28th October

Congratulations to the winner of the Devon section of the National Championship: Colin Risdon. Willow Drew was 2nd, Martin Turner 3rd, and Richard Hooker 4th. Also Terry Coombe who branched out into the Dorset Class and came 3rd in that.

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 Diary 

Sat 10th March 2018

BHHA "Skills of the Hills" 2018.

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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.)

BHHA "Skills of the Hills" 2018

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


Affiliated to the National Hedgelaying Society