2019 Ploughing Match results

Despite a previous night of horrendous gales and heavy rain, the Melplash Agricultural Society Ploughing match still went ahead with only two ploughmen not turning up on the day proving that even in wet weather ploughmen are still prepared and proud to demonstrate their skills! The Society’s Ploughing Chairman, Tim Frampton thanked Mr Darren Cooper and Mr Kevin Groves for […] Continue Reading

2019 Hedgelaying Results

The Melplash Agricultural Society’s annual Hedgelaying Match took place along Camesworth Lane in Melplash, by kind permission or Mr John Warren, where there was some brilliant and consistent hazel hedges for all the 40 competitors to lay over the allocated 5 1/2 hrs.  With stiff competition coming from as far afield as the Isle of Wight, Warminster, Gloucestershire, Devon and […] Continue Reading

Hedgelaying Taster Day

To keep alive the skills and craftsmanship traditionally used in the conservation of hedgerows, the Melplash Agricultural Society will be running a free ‘taster’ day on Sunday 15th September 2019 to introduce those interested in learning the skill of laying a hedge Dorset-Style.  The session will take place on a piece of hedge along Chilcombe Lane, just outside Chilcombe near […] Continue Reading

2018 Hedgelaying and Ploughing match results

The 171st Melplash Agricultural Society’s annual hedge laying and ploughing match took place on land near Corscombe with spectacular views over the West Dorset countryside, by kind permission of Mr & Mrs Oliver Hemsley of Urless Farm.  Over 70 competitors including farmers, contractors, young farmers, vintage tractor and rural craft enthusiasts put their skills to the test in the hope […] Continue Reading

2017 Hedgelaying Results

Thank you to Honor Bank who wrote this report on the  Melplash Agricultural Society’s Hedgelaying Contest.  Photos by Tim Russ. Nestled in the valley with far-reaching views over to Golden Cap, The National Trust’s Shedbush Farm, Chideock was this year’s picturesque venue for the Melplash Agricultural Society’s annual hedgelaying match.  For the first time in 18 years the hedging and ploughing competitions […] Continue Reading

2017 Ploughing Match results

This year’s annual ploughing match took place at Butt Lane, North Chideock by kind permission of Mr & Mrs Howard Coates of Chideock Manor.  Tim Frampton, Hedging and Ploughing chairman for the Society commented ‘All classes were well supported, and it was excellent to see a number of  new ploughmen competing.   The competition was fierce and the standard very high […] Continue Reading

Scarecrow Competition

At our annual Hedgelaying and Ploughing match we held a scarecrow competition for children to take part in.  We once again saw a good number of entries and some really fabulous scarecrows!  The Scarecrow competition was just one of the activities organised by the Society’s Discover Farming team to get youngsters involved with and learning about farming and agriculture.  Other activities […] 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