Hedgesteeping Tests

Despite the horrendous weather, four intrepid people went to Billany on the 9th of January to do hedgesteeping proficiency tests. 

In very challenging conditions of mud, rain, hail and even thunder, Laura and Mitchell passed their Novice Level Certificates, laying 5 and a half yards each in six hours, while Alice and Magnus passed the Intermediate Level, laying 11 yards each in the same time. 

Congratulations to all four for excellent results. Some very impressive work. 


Hedge steeping at Ham Farm, Loddiswell.

Had a good day yesterday on a hedgelaying course at Ham Farm led by Chris Bond. Like myself, Chris is a former trainee, now instructing on courses. There were lots of new faces and plenty of old too, and an interesting tractor mounted machine being demonstrated as a means to processs brash. Mulled cider followed in the farmhouse thanks to our wonderfully artistic hosts. A full write up of the day will follow for members in the next edition of Skills, Nick has just sent out the winter edition.

There are still a couple of spaces available on the next hedge course on 16th of January with Max, and on the hurdle course with Don on the 30th. Find out more here

Here are some photos I took yesterday.

Hedge steeping competition 

By Jeremy Weiss

Our annual competition took place, in spite of horrendous weather, on Saturday 7th of November. 

It had rained for two days prior to the event and on the morning itself the conditions were nothing short of atrocious with gale force gust of wind and hammering horizontal rain. Undeterred the competitors got to work and soon after midday the rain cleared and the sun came out illuminating the beautifully laid hedge. 

The results are below:

Open Class:

  • 1st Richard Hooker
  • 2nd Steve McCullough
  • 3rd Colin Clutterbuck


  • 1st Alex Bown
  • 2nd Chris Stanton
  • 3rd Malcolm Dowling


  • 1st Magnus McKay
  • 2nd Mitchell Fawcett
  • 3rd Chris Baker

Well done to all competitors, who deserve a medal for surviving and completing their lengths. A special thanks goes to Don, and all involved in the planning, preparation and running of the event. 

I was too busy wrestling spikey steepers to take any photos so please send in any decent ones you’d like to share.