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Country Craft Courses

This section covers craft courses which can be anything using traditional skills eg hurdle making, felting or basketweaving.  Although some of these may not be necessary to your ultimate work related goals they are complementary to an all-round countryside knowledge and are vital in keeping alive ancient skills and traditions; and they all make for a enjoyable, informative experience.


November 2019

15/11/2019    Weaving Christmas Decorations    1 Day

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

Participants will learn how to create a willow wreath base which they will decorate with evergreen material and some festive items such as orange slices, basic ribbon, cones and apples.

Cost £80.00


16/11/2019    Lino Printmaking Workshop Weekend    2 Days

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01300 320684 kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk www.kingcombe.org

In this two-day practical, fun approach to lino printing workshop you will learn the fundamentals of lino printing, from drawing and carving your image, to the inking and printing process.

Cost £188.00


16/11/2019    Stained Glass: Christmas Wreath    1 Day

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

On this one-day course you will make a copperfoiled glass Christmas wreath, (approximately 28cm circumference). The course is a practical one and includes glass cutting, copperfoiling and soldering..

Cost £90.00


16/11/2019    Chritmas crafts - Reindeer and Trees    1 Day

Greenwood Centre, Ironbridge, Small Woods Association. Contact: 01952 432769 office@smallwoods.org www.smallwoods.org.uk

Come and get festive with some Christmas crafting. You will learn how to make your own unique reindeer out of logs, as well as a truly sustainable Christmas tree, from hazel sticks. This day will be divided in to two parts, you can either book on to one or both.

Cost £55.00


16/11/2019    Lime Mortar - Beginners    2 Days

Hill Farm Barn, Hartley Lane, Leckhampton Hill, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/772/lime-mortar-beginners

This two day course is for anyone wanting some 'hands on' experience repairing and restoring a Cotswold building using lime mortar techniques. It is an intense course to repair the fabric of the building using different mixes and applications. No prior experience or knowledge is required.

Cost £120.00


17/11/2019    Making Glass Stars for Christmas!    1 Day

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

On this one-day course you will learn to make hanging copperfoiled glass stars. You will have time to make three stars, varying in size from 11 - 19cm. If there is enough time, you can make additional stars, although there will be a charge for the extra materials.

Cost £90.00


19/11/2019    Blacksmithing - Taster Day    1 Day

Northleach, Gloucestershire, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/680/blacksmithing-taster-day

During the taster day you will learn about the blacksmith processes through a comprehensive introduction to the basics of blacksmithing. Various techniques will be demonstrated to show how it is done and then participants will be able to have a go themselves.

Cost £120.00


19/11/2019    Blacksmithing Taster Day    1 Day

Cogges Manor Farm, Church Lane, Witney OX28 3LA, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/680/blacksmithing-taster-day

During the taster day you will learn about the blacksmith processes through a comprehensive introduction to the basics of blacksmithing. Various techniques will be demonstrated to show how it is done and then participants will be able to have a go themselves.

Cost £120.00


22/11/2019    Willow Hamper Weaving    1 Day

Sherwood Pines Forest, Forestry Commission. Contact: 0300 067 5463 karina.thornton@forestryengland.uk www.forestryengland.uk/forest-event/events-sherwood-pines/willow-hamper-weaving

Spend the day learning traditional basketry skills to make a Christmas hamper - perfect for a hand-made gift. Using willow you will learn to weave a beautiful Zarzo basket - a traditional Mediterranean design originally used in cheese making. The course is designed for complete beginners.

Cost £50.00


23/11/2019    Willow Crafts for Christmas    2 Days

Margam, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01639 895636 enquiries.mp@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

Join us for a thoroughly festive willow weekend creating beautiful crafts to decorate your home or garden or to give away as lovely gifts. This course provides an opportunity for you to learn all about willow, how to grow it, prepare it and weave with it using a variety of techniques.

Cost £289.00


23/11/2019    Wildlife Mosaics    1 Day

Nower Wood, Mill Way, leatherhead KT22 8QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk https://c-js.info/2FT50lN

Be inspired by a walk through the woods before creating a wildlife mosaic.

Cost £40.00


24/11/2019    Needle Felted Festive Robins    1 Day

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01300 320684 kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk www.kingcombe.org

Create your own festive robin from sustainable coloured fleece, to decorate your home with or to give as a gift, with Carla Taylor.

Cost £79.00


26/11/2019    Blacksmithing Improvers - Strap hinge forging    1 Day

Cogges Manor Farm, Church Lane, Witney OX28 3LA, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/703/blacksmithing-improvers-strap-hinge-forging-new-course

During the improvers day you will learn about the blacksmith processes through a specific focus on forging a strap hinge. These strap hinges are longer hinges attached to the face of the door, and often found on traditional agricultural buildings. Various techniques will be demonstrated and then participants will be able to have a go themselves.

Cost £198.00


28/11/2019    Christmas Wreath Making    1 Day

Bore Place, TN8 7AR, Bore Place. Contact: 01732 463255 hello@boreplace.org www.boreplace.org/whats-on/4221/christmas-wreath-making

Using resources sourced from the grounds at Bore Place, you will learn simple techniques to combine natural and found materials into a unique Christmas decoration. No previous experience or knowledge is necessary.

Cost £49.00


28/11/2019    Coppicing    1 Day

East Lothian, The Conservation Volunteers Scotland. Contact: 01786 476170 Scotland-training@tcv.org.uk tcvscotland.eventbrite.com

Gain practical skills and learn who to coppice a woodland with confidence. By the end of the course you will understand what coppice is, how coppice is organised & its history and its benefit to wildlife.

Cost £unknown


29/11/2019    Deer Butchery November    1 Day

The Sustainability Centre, Droxford Road, East Meon, Petersfield, GU32 1HR, The Sustainability Centre. Contact: 01730 823166 courses@sustainability-centre.org https://c-js.info/2KS2ijE

A whole deer in a day course - learn butchery and cookery skills on this intimate, 4 person training course in the Hampshire South Downs. We promise you the most delicious, melt-in-the-mouth meat that you will have ever tasted, all prepared by your own fair hands.

Cost £150.00


30/11/2019    Lino Printing for Christmas    1 Day

Nower Wood, Mill Way, leatherhead KT22 8QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk https://c-js.info/2FT5eJF

Use nature as your inspiration when learning to carve an image into lino that can then be used for printing onto card and paper.

Cost £55.00


December 2019

06/12/2019    Weave an Angel    1 Day

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

Learn to weave this very popular willow angel which can be decorated with lights or any other touches that you would like to add to make it unique. This will be followed by weaving some traditional Christmas decorations.

Cost £80.00


07/12/2019    Christmas Cards and Gift Tags in Cut Paper Collage    1 Day

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01300 320684 kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk www.kingcombe.org

Create colourful, vibrant Christmas cards, matching gift tags or small Christmas pictures in cut paper collage. Taught by Penny Brown.

Cost £80.00


07/12/2019    Enamelling for Beginners and Improvers    1 Day

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

In this one-day workshop you will use a choice of copper blanks in shapes such as dragonflies to embrace our natural environment. You will learn how to fuse glass to copper in the kiln at temperatures starting from 750°C to create wonderful glass jewellery.

Cost £90.00


07/12/2019    Stained Glass: Christmas Wreath    1 Day

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

On this one-day course you will make a copperfoiled glass Christmas wreath, (approximately 28cm circumference). The course is a practical one and includes glass cutting, copperfoiling and soldering.

Cost £90.00


07/12/2019    Blacksmithing - Taster Day    1 Day

Northleach, Gloucestershire, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/681/blacksmithing-taster-day

During the taster day you will learn about the blacksmith processes through a comprehensive introduction to the basics of blacksmithing. Various techniques will be demonstrated to show how it is done and then participants will be able to have a go themselves.

Cost £120.00


07/12/2019    Green Woodworking    1 Day

Tinsley Green, Sussex, Sussex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01273 497544 michaelblencowe@sussexwt.org.uk sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/2019-12-07-an-introduction-to-green-woodworking-07122019

This introductory practical course will cover the properties and uses of green wood; harvesting, cleaving and shaving techniques and will teach the skills required to create simple craft objects from greenwood. We will use traditional hand tools such as draw-knives, shave horse, bill hooks and hand drills and any items create throughout the day will be yours to take home.

Cost £unknown


07/12/2019    Christmas Wreath Making    1 Day

Stirling, The Conservation Volunteers Scotland. Contact: 01786 476170 Scotland-training@tcv.org.uk tcvscotland.eventbrite.com

Get yourself into the festive spirit this December by getting hands on with natural materials and making your own seasonal wreath. Learn how to create a handcrafted wreath with an assortment of local natural foliage, pine cones, ribbons, tree cookies and recycled Christmas decorations.

Cost £unknown


07/12/2019    Christmas Wreath Making - Saturday AM    1 Day

Nower Wood, Mill Way, leatherhead KT22 8QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk https://c-js.info/2LA0g8d

Get into the festive spirit by making a spectacular door wreath using natural materials.

Cost £30.00


07/12/2019    Christmas Wreath Making - Saturday PM    1 Day

Nower Wood, Mill Way, leatherhead KT22 8QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk https://c-js.info/2FQROht

Get into the festive spirit by making a spectacular door wreath using natural materials.

Cost £30.00


07/12/2019    Wild Winter Art    1 Day

Preston Montford Field Centre, Growing Confidence Project. Contact: 01743852040 gc@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/gc

FREE event for ages 11-25. 10.30am - 4pm. Please bring lunch. Transport available from Shrewsbury.

Cost £unknown


08/12/2019    Christmas Felting    1 Day

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

Spend a day creating presents or decorations using handcrafted feltmaking techniques. In this one-day class, Toni Peers will cover both wet and needle felting techniques that can be used to create decorations or presents.

Cost £90.00


08/12/2019    Stained Glass: Make Your Own Christmas Decorations    1 Day

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

On this one-day course you will learn to make hanging copperfoiled glass Christmas decorations, with new designs for 2019 and, if there is enough time, you can make additional items, although there will be a charge for the extra materials.

Cost £105.00


08/12/2019    Christmas Wreath Making - Sunday    1 Day

Nower Wood, Mill Way, leatherhead KT22 8QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk https://c-js.info/2FPwFny

Get into the festive spirit by making a spectacular door wreath using natural materials.

Cost £30.00


09/12/2019    Bookbinding and Book Repairs for Beginners and Improvers    4 Days

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

Covering both restoration of existing books and the creation of new bindings, this course is equally suitable for beginners and those with previous experience, since tuition is given according to individual needs.

Cost £520.00


16/12/2019    Blacksmithing - Taster Day    1 Day

Northleach, Gloucestershire, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/682/blacksmithing-taster-day

During the taster day you will learn about the blacksmith processes through a comprehensive introduction to the basics of blacksmithing. Various techniques will be demonstrated to show how it is done and then participants will be able to have a go themselves.

Cost £120.00


January 2020

17/01/2020    Zarzo Basket Weaving     1 Day

Sherwood Pines, Forestry England. Contact: 0300 067 5463 karina.thornton@forestryengland.uk https://c-js.info/33Biooe

Spend the day learning traditional basketry skills. Using willow you will learn to weave a beautiful Zarzo basket - a traditional Mediterranean design originally used in cheese making. The course is designed for complete beginners and we will guide you through each step of the basket making process.

Cost £50.00


21/01/2020    Willow Craft & Relaxing Yoga    1 Day

Nower Wood, Mill Way, leatherhead KT22 8QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk https://c-js.info/2Q07sg8

Indulge in a post-Christmas treat. Spend the morning making a willow structure before enjoying a relaxing afternoon yoga session.

Cost £45.00


25/01/2020    Winter Yoga Retreat    1 Day

Nower Wood, Mill Way, leatherhead KT22 8QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk https://c-js.info/36PRJ9J

Beat the January blues by enjoying a day of nature inspired yoga. Book before 1st January and receive a £10 SWT voucher for future courses.

Cost £65.00


February 2020

12/02/2020    Willow Cultivation and Management    1 Day

Denmark Farm, Betws Bledrws, Lampeter, Denmark Farm Conservation Centre. Contact: 01570 493358 info@denmarkfarm.org.uk www.denmarkfarm.org.uk/events/

Justine Burgess from West Wales Willows will share her knowledge of coppicing, processing and cultivating willow using the established willow beds at Denmark Farm.

Cost £30.00


15/02/2020    Botanical Drawing & Illustration Techniques    1 Day

Nower Wood, Mill Way, leatherhead KT22 8QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk https://c-js.info/2X2gmeM

Learn to draw and colour the intricate details of nature.

Cost £60.00


19/02/2020    Willow Weaving - Round Basket    1 Day

Denmark Farm, Betws Bledrws, Lampeter, Denmark Farm Conservation Centre. Contact: 01570 493358 info@denmarkfarm.org.uk www.denmarkfarm.org.uk/events/

A one day traditional willow basket weaving workshop in which we will be using a variety of natural willows to make a small round bread basket.

Cost £47.00


20/02/2020    Willow Weaving - Square to Round Paper Tray    1 Day

Denmark Farm, Betws Bledrws, Lampeter, Denmark Farm Conservation Centre. Contact: 01570 493358 info@denmarkfarm.org.uk www.denmarkfarm.org.uk/events/

A one day traditional willow basket weaving workshop in which we will be using a variety of natural willows to make a woven paper tray

Cost £47.00


22/02/2020    Willow Basket Weaving    1 Day

Sherwood Pines, Forestry England. Contact: 0300 067 5463 karina.thornton@forestryengland.uk https://c-js.info/2ORNW59

Spend the day learning the traditional skills of basketry and weave your own round, stake-and-strand basket. The course has been designed to guide total beginners, step by step, through each stage of the basket making process.

Cost £50.00


27/02/2020    Astronomy Evening    1 Day

Bay Pond, Godstone RH9 8LT, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk https://c-js.info/32vXdCS

View the night sky like you have never seen it before with the Edenbridge and District Astronomers Club.

Cost £8.00


29/02/2020    Tool Sharpening & Maintenance    1 Day

Nower Wood, Mill Way, leatherhead KT22 8QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk https://c-js.info/2NWTp8q

Bring along your tools and learn to sharpen and maintain them.

Cost £45.00


March 2020

16/03/2020    Nature Drawing in Pen and Ink    4 Days

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01300320684 hradice@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk www.kingcombe.org

This course is ideal for those that would like to keep a nature journal or sketchbook and/or want to explore the use of pen and ink in their working practice.

Cost £264.00


21/03/2020    An Introduction to Nature Writing    1 Day

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01300320684 hradice@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk www.kingcombe.org

This one-day course will be a structured introduction to the popular genre of Nature Writing. You will draw inspiration from the natural environment at Kingcombe and study extracts from published nature writers to inform your own writing.

Cost £70.00


28/03/2020    Traditional Timber Frame Joints    1 Day

Machynlleth, Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology. Contact: 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk www.cat.org.uk/events/traditional-timber-frame-joints/

Get to grips with the initial stages of constructing a timber frame. Learn about the tools and techniques used in marking and cutting joints with a hands-on practical workshop from CAT's Master Carpenter Carwyn Lloyd Jones.

Cost £90.00


April 2020

05/04/2020    Willow Weaving - Plant Support/Obelisk    1 Day

Denmark Farm, Betws Bledrws, Lampeter, Denmark Farm Conservation Centre. Contact: 01570 493358 info@denmarkfarm.org.uk www.denmarkfarm.org.uk/events/

During this workshop, you will make a practical plant support obelisk for use in the garden for beans, clematis, sweet peas, climbing roses etc. using locally grown prepared willow.

Cost £50.00


May 2020

09/05/2020    Stained Glass Workshop    2 Days

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01300320684 hradice@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk www.kingcombe.org

Learn the beautiful craft of stained glass work including kiln fired glass painting and silver staining technique

Cost £191.00


September 2020

26/09/2020    Inspirational Nature Writing    1 Day

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01300320684 hradice@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk www.kingcombe.org

Join published nature writers Anita Roy (A Year at Kingcombe) and Sara Hudston (Guardian Country Diary) for a day of practical writing exercises and inspiring readings.

Cost £80.00



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