2017 Hedgelaying & Ploughing match

The Melplash Agricultural Society’s Annual Hedgelaying and Ploughing match promotes and celebrates local agriculture and farming skills. This year our event will be held on Sunday 24th September 2017 in Chideock, near Bridport. There will be classes for hedglaying, vintage and commercial ploughing. Please click below to view the competition schedules. Spectators are very welcome to come along and watch the […] Continue Reading

Results of the 2016 Hedgelaying & Ploughing Match

The Melplash Agricultural Society’s Annual Hedgelaying and Ploughing match promotes and celebrates local agriculture and farming skills.   This year the contest took place at Higher Langdon Farm, Beaminster DT8 3NA by kind permission of Mrs Tessa McKenzie-Green.   Standing high above Beaminster it really was a sight to see.  40 ploughman and 40 hedgelayers of all ages and abilities took part. […] Continue Reading

Dorset at National Hedgelaying Championships 2015

The 2015 National Hedgelaying Championship took place on 24th October and was hosted by Bristol Water at Chew Valley Lakes, Bristol – the European Green Capital for 2015. The Dorset class, now in its 3rd year, attracted 11 entrants and is going from strength to strength. This year the West Dorset Hedge layers who fought to get Dorset Style hedging recognised […] Continue Reading

2015 Hedge Laying & Ploughing Match Results

The annual Melplash Agricultural Society’s Hedge Laying and Ploughing Match took place at Bilshay Farm, Dottery in glorious sunshine with the iconic Colmers Hill and spectacular West Dorset countryside as a backdrop.   With a record number of competitors, 47 ploughman and 50 hedge layers, the many spectators who turned out to watch these traditional rural skills enjoyed a fabulous day’s […] Continue Reading

36th National Hedge Laying Championships

A team of Dorset Hedgelayers travelled to Hough on the Hill in Lincolnshire for the 36th National Hedgelaying Championships.  After a seven hour minibus ride, (thankfully we really do not know what traffic is in Dorset) a good meal, a few pints and a good night’s sleep, everyone was up bright and early for the 8:30am draw to determine who […] Continue Reading

2014 Hedgelaying & Ploughing Match

ANNUAL PLOUGHING AND HEDGELAYING COMPETITION – Sunday 28 September 2014 As the leaves begin to fall and the evenings darken, farms across West Dorset have gathered in their harvest on what has been a bumper year for crops and grass growth. The farming calendar has, however, one more event which marks the end of the Summer and beginning of Autumn. […] Continue Reading

History of the Annual Hedgelaying & Ploughing match

THE HISTORY Whilst the exact details may be uncertain, the origins of the Society go back to the day that Melplash Village Church was consecrated on 20th October 1846. The Church had been built by Mr James Bandinell of Melplash Court, a well known benefactor, and a new parish was carved out of the parish of Netherbury. On the same […] Continue Reading

2013 Hedgelaying & Ploughing Match

The annual Melplash Agricultural Society’s Hedge Laying & Ploughing Match will be held on Saturday 21st September 2013 at Higher Langdon, near Beaminster (DT8 3NN) by kind permission of Mrs Tessa Mackenzie-Green.  We will also be offering our free hedge laying training course again on Saturday 14th September, 1.30-5.30pm at Corscombe.  The training day is completely free and open to Novices and Young Farmers’ Club members.  If you are interested in attending either of these events please contact the office on 01308 423 337.  A schedule can be dowloaded by clicking here, entry forms can be printed from the entry forms section of our website.

The annual Hedging & Ploughing Match is an important day in the Melplash Agricultural Society calendar and has been so since the Society’s inception in 1847.  The aim is to promote and showcase the traditional skills of hedge laying and ploughing, to recognise the local experts in the area through the competitions whilst encouraging more people to keep these skills going in the locality.

Each year the Hedging & Ploughing Match takes place on a different farm in West Dorset.  Click on Read below to learn more about the history of our Society and heding & ploughing

Hedging & Ploughing Results 2012

The 2012 Melplash Agricultural Society’s Hedging and Ploughing matches took place in glorious sunshine and with spectacular views of the West Dorset countryside.   The match was held at Yondover, near Bridport by kind permission of Crutchley Estates Limited. Tim Frampton, Melplash Agricultural Society’s Hedging and Ploughing Chairman said ‘”The turnout was excellent and well supported by the local young farmers.  We […] Continue Reading