24th Annual "Skills of the Hills" Event

Saturday 5th March 2022

At Cotley Farm, Wambrook, Chard. TA20 3EP

By kind permission of Mr Tom Eames & Family.

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Event Class Sponsors

Blamphayne Sawmills Cornish Mutual SheamusMachin MNR Mowers

Entry Form

Hedgelaying Competition

A cutting fee of £15 will be given to all competitors/pairs who complete their allocated section of hedge including placed competitors winning other prize money.

There will be something to eat for all competitors after the cutting has finished (and a cup of tea beforehand if you get there in time).

There are five classes in the competition: Novice, Novice Pairs, Intermediate, Intermediate Pairs and Open.

Devon Style Hedgelaying Notes

Hedges laid in the competition will be on a bank should be done in the “Devon” style and secured using crooks. We have prepared a few notes on the Devon style of hedgelaying which you can download here. It gives some guidance on what the judges will be looking for in this competition.


Prizes will be awarded for the first four places in all classes:

Open Class:

1st – £60 & the Percy Duck Challenge Cup

2nd – £40, 3rd – £25, 4th – £15


1st – £50 & the Dugdale Cup

2nd – £35, 3rd – £25, 4th – £10

Intermediate Pairs:

1st – £40 & Trophy

2nd – £30, 3rd – £20, 4th – £10


1st – £40 & Trophy

2nd – £30, 3rd – £20, 4th – £10

Novice Pairs:

1st – £40 & Trophy

2nd – £30, 3rd – £20, 4th – £10

Roger Vickery

Other awards will include:

  • The John Coombes Memorial Shield will be awarded to the best competitor aged under 19 years.
  • The Natwest Cup will be awarded to the best competitor who is a member of a YFC.
  • A cup will be presented to the best local competitor living withing the boundaries of the Blackdown Hills AONB.
  • A cup will be presented to the best lady competitor in any class.
  • The BHHA "Golden Crook" will be awarded for the best work on a poor length of hedge.
  • The Colin Clements Veteran's Trophy for the best competitor over the age of 60.

Entering the Hedgelaying Competition

Download and complete the entry form above and return it by post to the address given. Please read the conditions of chainsaw use and note that Novice competitors won't be required or expected to use one.

There is no entry fee.

Once we have received your entry your name(s) should appear on the confirmed entries page. If you aren't there after a couple of days get in touch so we can find out what has happened.

More Information

If you have any questions or want more information on any aspect of the event please email Richard Hooker.

Affiliated to the National Hedgelaying Society