Hurdle Course

Hedgerow Craft Courses

The Blackdown Hills Hedge Association runs a collection of workshops, giving a wide choice of opportunities to discover practical uses of materials collected from the hedgerow.

COVID-19 Update

Sadly the current situation with the Covid-19 virus has forced us to cancel all BHHA craft courses for the 2020/21 season. We will post details of next season's courses here as soon as we are able.

We have left the course information below for you to read but unfortunately we are not taking any bookings atthe moment.

Course Information

Rustic Hedgerow Chair

with Ivor Hancock

Hedgerow Chair Course

Discover how West Country folk used to make, strong, comfortable hedgerow chairs with materials from hedges, woods and gardens. The secret of their craft was in selecting the right shapes of branches for the different parts of their chairs. Cut green from the hedge these "grown components" had great inherent strength and, when fitted together in a cleverly devised sequence, produced a chair of proven strength and reliability. Materials and tools supplied. Take home your own hedgerow chair.

Cost £50

Traditional Hazel Hurdles

Course Hazel Hurdle

Traditionally made hazel hurdles are the strongest and most durable of all and can be hard work to make. In this introductory day we will show you how to select hazel rods from a bundle, how to set up the uprights or zails, split the rods and twist the hazel into the weave. By the end of the day you will come away with a small (3ft by 3ft) hurdle and good knowledge of the fundamentals of hurdle making.

Please bear in mind that hurdle making is a physical task. The hazel rods need to be twisted and it requires a degree of strength; gloves with some grip on the palms may be useful too.

Cost: £50

Age Limits

Unfortunately, because of the terms of our insurance and the tools you will need to use, we are unable to take anyone below the age of fifteen on any of the craft courses.


We understand that due to unforeseen circumstances you may be unable to attend a course that has been booked. With this in mind, we have the following policy to try and be as fair as possible to all.

  • For cancellations by you more than six weeks prior to the course date, a full refund or the option to rebook on another date.
  • For cancellations by you less than six weeks prior to the course date, no refund is possible unless we can fill the place(s). In this case we will provide you with a refund of the price paid less 10% administration.

We reserve the right to change dates due to unforeseen circumstances at our end. However, every effort will be made to avoid this and in such circumstances we will offer a full refund or alternative dates.

Affiliated to the National Hedgelaying Society