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Training Directory - Short Courses
Practical Countryside Skills

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Short Training Courses

(10 day consecutive maximum) Many of the providers have further details on the Centres and Providers pages.
For all courses assume that booking is required and a fee may be applicable.




Practical Countryside Skills

Typical courses include: drystone walling, hedging, coppicing etc. 

Practical training in using and maintaining machinery eg chainsaw and specialist dirving courses are on another page.

Courses looking at the theory behind and reasons for employing these practical techniques are another page.

First aid and health and safely type courses have a separate page.


November 2019

15/11/2019    Hedgelaying for Beginners    1 Day

Gowy Meadows, Thornton-le-Moors , Cheshire Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01948 820728 info@cheshirewt.org.uk www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-11-15-hedgelaying-beginners

Spend a day learning the traditional craft of hedgelaying. You will each have a section of hedge to work on while you get to grips with the use of billhooks, hatchets and saws.

Cost £100.00


16/11/2019    Dry Stone Walling     1 Day

Settle BD24 9DN, Lowe Maintenance Training. Contact: 01729 825132 info@lowe-maintenance.co.uk www.lowe-maintenance.co.uk

Have a go at dry stone walling, the day involves repairing a gap in a dry stone wall, subject to site location and will vary from one location to another.

Cost £unknown


18/11/2019    Introduction to Hedgelaying    2 Days

Hedley Hall Wood, Woodland Trust. Contact: https://c-js.info/2ZXpSVi

An introduction to the craft of hedgelaying with professional hedgelayer accredited by the National Hedge Laying Society with over 25 years experience. Learn history of hedgelaying, why it's done, the benefits to the hedge and wildlife, also preparing and laying a section of hedge yourself.

Cost £80.00


23/11/2019    Dry Stone Walling - Beginners    2 Days

Lodge Park, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/757/dry-stone-walling-beginners

You can expect to learn about: dismantling walls, stone sorting, laying foundations, building walls, adding through stones and copping stones, dressing the stone, different types of stone, the tools and more. You will be building a wall that will remain part of the Cotswolds landscape for the next 100-200 years!

Cost £99.00


26/11/2019    Dry Stone Walling - Beginners    2 Days

417 Bike Park, Crickley Hill Farm, Crickley Hill, Witcombe, GL3 4SS, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/765/dry-stone-walling-beginners-new-course

You can expect to learn about: dismantling walls, stone sorting, laying foundations, building walls, adding through stones and copping stones, dressing the stone, different types of stone, the tools and more. You will be building a wall that will remain part of the Cotswolds landscape for the next 100-200 years!

Cost £99.00


January 2020

17/01/2020    Intermediate Hedgelaying course    2 Days

Hedley Hall Wood, Woodland Trust. Contact: https://c-js.info/2UO0lrv

The two day course is the natural follow on from the introduction to hedgelaying and will include cutting stakes for the hedge and more advanced techniques in the hedgelaying process.

Cost £80.00


25/01/2020    Hedgerow Coppicing and Somerset Hedge Laying    2 Days

Manor Farm, Sopworth, Chippenham, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk https://c-js.info/2Ncyo9m

Come and learn about: the skills of coppicing, tree felling and hedge laying, what tools are needed, how to use them, the specialist wildlife that benefits from coppicing, a bit of history of woodland coppicing, how to identify and extract a range of coppice products and uses for harvested coppice.

Cost £120.00


February 2020

13/02/2020    Coppicing for Conservation    1 Day

Nower Wood, Mill Way, leatherhead KT22 8QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk https://c-js.info/32tNEo6

Learn about the history of coppicing before mastering the practical skills of this ancient woodland management technique.

Cost £35.00



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