26th Annual “Skills of the Hills” Competition

Saturday 2nd March 2024

Burrows Farm, Bolham Water, Clayhidon

By kind permission of Malcolm and Angela Bache

Previous Competitions


Hedgelaying Results

Open Class

For the Percy Duck Challenge Cup

Supported by Sheamus Machin

1stColin Risdon
2ndTim Frampton
3rdRussell Woodham
4th=Andy Burrough & Rob Sturmey

Intermediate Class

For the The Dugdale Cup

Supported by MNR Mowers

1stAdrian Mills
2ndRoly Boughton
3rdMike Baker
4thChris Stanton

Intermediate Pairs

Supported by Stamps Coaches

1stWillow & Daisy Drew
2ndEd Gaines & Stuart Wright
3rdMatt Townsend & Alan Ferrari
4thAndi Rickard & John Grundy

Novice Class

Supported by Cornish Mutual

1stMatthew Arnold
2ndMitchell Dallenger
3rdLeah Burgess
4thJim Wakefield

Novice Pairs

Supported by Blamphayne Sawmills

1stSteve Loud & Piran Treen
2ndMichael Tull & Gareth Ford
3rdAndrew & Fiona Harris
4thBen Morgan-Brown & Graham Hutchinson

Other Prizes

Best Competitor Living in the Blackdown Hills Natural Landscape Area

Blackdowns Cup

Colin Risdon

Best Veteran Competitor (aged 60 or over)

Colin Clements Trophy

Colin Risdon

Best Lady Competitor

Lea Burgess

Best Competitor Aged Under 19

John Coombes Shield

Logan Dunn

Best YFC Competitor

NatWest Cup

Josh Sturmey

For Best Work on a Poor Length

"Golden Crook"

Lydia Lee

Best Regrowth from the Previous Competition

Roger Vickery Trophy

Ed Gaines & Stewart Wright


Event Photographer Tim Russ has kindly posted his photographs of the event on his Flickr page.

Thanks to Tim for allowing us to use his photographs on this site and for taking the time to photograph the event.


In addition to the sponsors of the competition classes, this year's “Skills of the Hills” was also generously supported by the following organisations:

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