The Melplash Hedgelaying Competition 2017 is to be held on Sunday 24th September at Shedbush Farm, near Bridport, Dorset, DT6 6EP. (Not to be confused with The Melplash Show itself which is at West Bay Bridport on Thursday 24th August….) The hedgelaying event combines with a ploughing match. Entries close on Wednesday 20th September.
The last course of the season treated us to absolutley stunning views and weather up above Bigbury on Sea – see the photos below. The next course will be Tool Sharpening on the 2nd of September. There are now only a few places available on this course so if you want to come, book now! On Wednesday coming (12th of July) it’s the AGM, if you havent been before it’s a good laugh and well worth coming. Hope to see you there.
By Gavin Young
The next course is Dry Stone Walling at Higher Badworthy on the 17th of June with Dave Dingle.
So finally the moment has arrived… The Devon Rural Skills Trust has moved to an online booking and payment system!
Mick Godfrey, who has served faithfully as bookings secretary for the last 10 years, has now hung up his pen and stowed his book, and Jeremy Weiss has taken his place with the daunting task of managing the new online bookings. We owe Mick a massive thankyou.
Richard Hooker (winner of the DRST Hedgesteeping Competition 2015) has done an amazing job of redesigning the website to accept the online payments and we are greatly indebted to him for this.
From now on you can book and pay for your courses at the click of a button. You can use your debit or credit card, or PayPal account if you prefer. The system works well from computer, tablet or phone. To get started just go to the DRST webite at: https://www.drst.org.uk/
Jeremy Weiss is running two scythe courses this year at his smallholding near Dartington. To find out more click here.
Next DRST course is Cleft Gate Hurdles with Mick Jones at Parke, but this is now fully booked. For other courses please see the main DRST website.
After a wet week, the sun shone all day long for us which was just as well as turf hedging in the wet is no fun at all.
A small but loud and hard working group set to with diggers and mattocks to cut the bank back and by lunch time a great deal of work had already been acheived in building the newly faced turf bank up.
By the end of the day, thanks to a willing workforce and perfect turf we had completed a significant stretch of bank some 35 yards in length.