25th Annual “Skills of the Hills” Competition

Saturday 4th March 2023

Lower Shelvin Farm, Luppit

By kind permission of Mr Fred Sage

A very dry February mean that the event at Lower Shelvin Farm was a great success without the usual problems caused by a damp site. 69 competitors took part in one of the most successful competitions the BHHA had staged to date.

Previous Competitions


Hedgelaying Results

Open Class

For the Percy Duck Challenge Cup

Supported by Sheamus Machin

1stRussell Woodham
2ndDave Brackley
3rdRob Sturmey
4thJon Sibthorp

Intermediate Class

For the The Dugdale Cup

Supported by MNR Mowers

1stLydia Lee
2ndNeil Gemmell
3rdMartin Vickery
4thAdrian Mills

Intermediate Pairs

Supported by Francis Bugler Ltd

1stTim Frampton & Nigel Dowding
2ndSteve Eldridge & Graham Adams
3rdClive Bethell & Marie Clark

Novice Class

Supported by Cornish Mutual

1stAndi Rickard
2ndDavid Clark
3rdNeil Kelly
4thTim Wills

Novice Pairs

Supported by Blamphayne Sawmills

1stPaul Middleton & Logan Dunn
2ndAndrew Harris & Nigel Moore
3rdBen Morgan-Brown & Marije Zwager
4thMo Mulligan & Tom Waters

Other Prizes

Best Competitor Living in the Blackdown Hills AONB

Blackdowns Cup

Colin Risdon

Best Veteran Competitor (aged 60 or over)

Colin Clements Trophy

David Clark

Best Lady Competitor

Lydia Lee

Best Competitor Aged Under 19

John Coombes Shield

Logan Dunn

Best BHHA Trainee Learning this Season

Terry Copp Tankard

Andi Rickard

Best YFC Competitor

NatWest Cup

Josh Sturmey

For Best Work on a Poor Length

"Golden Crook"

Colin Risdon

Best Regrowth from the Previous Competition

Roger Vickery Trophy

Dave Brackley


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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