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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.


July 2019

20/07/2019    An Introduction to Scything    1 Day

Woods Mill, Henfield, West Sussex, Sussex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01273 497544 michaelblencowe@sussexwt.org.uk sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/2019-07-20-an-introduction-to-scything-20072019

The art of scything dates back hundreds of years and is still a very valid form of land management used today. This course is practically based and will cover the advantages of using scythes today, the range of work scythes can manage, scything safety, tool maintenance and of course, the practical techniques of setting up, learning to mow and sharpening the scythe.

Cost £45.00


20/07/2019    Dry Stone Walling - Beginners    2 Days

Lansdown, Bath, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/734/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


25/07/2019    Drystone Dyking    1 Day

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

This 2-day course will take you through the steps of rebuilding and repairing drystane dykes. You will learn how to build a dyke which is both structurally sound and aesthetically pleasing.

Cost £unknown


27/07/2019    Dry Stone Walling - High Walls     2 Days

Derbyshire Eco Centre, Derbyshire Eco Centre. Contact: 01629 533038 ecocentre@derbyshire.gov.uk www.derbyshire.gov.uk/ecocentre

Learn how to construct a high wall to a good standard. For experienced wallers to develop their skills.

Cost £91.00


27/07/2019    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


August 2019

03/08/2019    Taster day in dry stone walling    1 Day

Pensychnant Conwy, Wales branch of Dry Stone Walling Association. Contact: 01766 513213 pasmyth@btinternet.com https://c-js.info/2PwocfU

All aspects of dismantling and rebuilding a section of wall will be covered.

Cost £30.00


03/08/2019    Dry stone walling course    1 Day

Pensyschnant Conservation Centre, Wales Branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association. Contact: 01766 513213 pasmyth@btinternet.com www.drystonewalling.wales

Set in the beautiful Pensychnant valley. Course includes taking down a section of wall and rebuilding it.

Cost £85.00


05/08/2019    Introduction To Pole Lathing    1 Day

Derbyshire Eco Centre, Derbyshire Eco Centre. Contact: 01629 533038 ecocentre@derbyshire.gov.uk www.derbyshire.gov.uk/ecocentre

Learn about the traditional green wood working craft of pole lathing and use a pole lathe to make a rounders bat or garden dibber to take away.

Cost £unknown


06/08/2019    Introduction To Axe Hewing    1 Day

Derbyshire Eco Centre, Derbyshire Eco Centre. Contact: 01629 533038 ecocentre@derbyshire.gov.uk www.derbyshire.gov.uk/ecocentre

Hewing round logs into square beams using side axes and adzes.

Cost £unknown


09/08/2019    LANTRA Level 2 (Intermediate) Dry-stone Walling Course    8 Days

Venue to be confirmed, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/736/lantra-level-2-intermediate-dry-stone-walling-course

Suitable for those with Level 1 certificate + 6 months experience OR wallers with 2 years' experience in the trade. It will involve setting-up and running a dry-stone walling business, with a practical walling component and the aim of providing high-quality dry-stone walling to customers, through an existing or new business.

Cost £320.00


10/08/2019    Introduction to Scything    1 Day

Venue to be confirmed, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/722/introduction-to-scything

Instruction is provided on how to set up a scythe optimally for a person's stature, how to keep it sharp, and how to mow with an efficient movement. Blade choice and adjustment of the implement will be discussed, and an element of grassland management can also be included in the course.

Cost £99.00


13/08/2019    Dry Stone Walling - (Lantra Level 1)    10 Days

Derbyshire Eco Centre, Derbyshire Eco Centre. Contact: 01629 533038 ecocentre@derbyshire.gov.uk www.derbyshire.gov.uk/ecocentre

Gain the basic knowledge and skills to build and repair dry stone walls. Run over 10 Mondays and Tuesdays with the test on a Friday.

Cost £unknown


24/08/2019    Dry Stone Walling - Beginners    2 Days

Burford, Oxfordshire, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/658/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


29/08/2019    Scything for Beginners    1 Day

Bay Pond, Godstone, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372 379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk www.surreywildlifetrust.org/events/2019-08-29-scything-beginners

Learn how to use this ancient land management technique that is still very relevant today.

Cost £45.00


31/08/2019    Dry Stone Walling - Beginners    2 Days

Tetbury, Gloucestershire, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/644/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


September 2019

07/09/2019    Clawdd walling course    2 Days

Bethel near Caernarfon, Wales branch of Dry Stone Walling Association. Contact: 01766 513213 pasmyth@btinternet.com https://c-js.info/2PwocfU

A clawdd wall consists of stones set vertically in an earth bank (looking a bit like books on a shelf).

Cost £85.00


07/09/2019    Dry Stone Walling - Beginners    2 Days

Burford, Oxfordshire, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/659/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


07/09/2019    Clawdd walling course    2 Days

Bethel near Caernarfon, Wales Branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association. Contact: 01766 513213 pasmyth@btinternet.com www.drystonewalling.wales

A clawdd wall is a stone faced earth bank with the stones set vertically (similar to books on a shelf).

Cost £85.00


14/09/2019    Dry stone walling course    2 Days

Pensychnant Conwy, Wales branch of Dry Stone Walling Association. Contact: 01766 513213 pasmyth@btinternet.com https://c-js.info/2PwocfU

All aspects of dismantling and rebuilding a section of wall will be covered.

Cost £85.00


14/09/2019    Dry stone walling course    2 Days

Pensyschnant Conservation Centre, Wales Branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association. Contact: 01766 513213 pasmyth@btinternet.com www.drystonewalling.wales

Set in the beautiful Pensychnant valley. Includes taking down a section of wall and rebuilding it.

Cost £85.00


14/09/2019    Dry Stone Walling - Beginners    2 Days

Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/779/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


21/09/2019    Dry Stone Walling for Beginners    2 Days

TBC, Cheshire Branch Dry Stone Walling Association. Contact: dswacheshire@gmail.com https://c-js.info/2zKL7vC

The Cheshire Branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association offers a 2 day practical course teaching the ancient craft of dry stone walling. Over a weekend, you will learn how to take down a dry stone wall and rebuild it to a good standard.

Cost £unknown


21/09/2019    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


21/09/2019    Dry Stone Walling - Beginners    2 Days

Tetbury, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/655/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


21/09/2019    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/770/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


28/09/2019    Dry Stone Walling - Beginners    2 Days

Lodge Park, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/756/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


October 2019

06/10/2019    Drystone Dyking    1 Day

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

This 2-day course will take you through the steps of rebuilding and repairing drystane dykes. You will learn how to build a dyke which is both structurally sound and aesthetically pleasing.

Cost £unknown


09/10/2019    Beginners' hedgelaying training day    1 Day

Northwich, Cheshire Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01948 820728 info@cheshirewt.org.uk www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-10-09-beginners-hedgelaying-training-day

Get hands on and learn the basics of hedgelaying in the traditional Cheshire style

Cost £100.00


24/10/2019    Traditional Hedgelaying Workshop    2 Days

Epping Forest, Field Studies Council. Contact: 020 8502 8500 enquiries.ef@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This two-day workshop offers both theory and practical sessions on the non-mechanised method of hedgelaying in the South of England style (Participants can also bring jpegs of hedgerows they may need guidance with).

Cost £90.00


November 2019

02/11/2019    Introduction to Hedgelaying     1 Day

Tinsley Green, Sussex, Sussex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01273 497544 michaelblencowe@sussexwt.org.uk sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/2019-11-02-introduction-to-hedgelaying-02112019

Hedgelaying is a traditional rural skill used to create a stock-proof field barrier. Yet hedgerows themselves are an important habitat for many species of wildlife. Whether you have a large area of land or a relatively small garden the addition of a hedgerow can serve as an attractive, functional feature which will also benefit birds, insects, small mammals and many other species.

Cost £unknown


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



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