Welcome to The Blackdown Hills Hedge Association.

 News 

14th March

We have posted the dates for the 2022/23 season's hedgelaying courses. Booking now available.

7th March 2022

The results of the 2022 "Skills of the Hills" are now on the site.

A link to Tim Russ's photos of the event will follow shortly…

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 Diary 

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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, attend 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.

Unfortunately due to Covid-19 we will not be running any courses in the 2020/21 season.

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 most recent competition and a gallery of photographs taken on the day.


Affiliated to the National Hedgelaying Society