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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.


September 2019

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

04/10/2019    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


05/10/2019    Introduction to Hedgelaying    2 Days

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

All aspects of hedge laying including: Identify different hedge laying styles; Identify suitable hedge species; Undertake the different stages of hedge laying, pleaching, stacking and binding; Lay a number of hedges of different sizes types and ages; Use and maintain the different hand tools needed in hedge laying.

Cost £160.00


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


17/10/2019    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


19/10/2019    Lime Mortar - Beginners    2 Days

Hill Farm Barn, Hartley Lane, Leckhampton Hill, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 1452 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/771/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


22/10/2019    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/764/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


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


26/10/2019    Coppice Restoration     2 Days

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

All aspects for restoring a neglected and over stood coppice woodland will be covered: assessing the age and health of a coppice stool; developing a coppice rotation; felling and processing; extraction; Understanding stool density; layering and planting; pest control; monitoring; coppicing for economic and wildlife benefit.

Cost £160.00


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


02/11/2019    Dry Stone Walling - Beginners    2 Days

Broadway Tower, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/751/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


09/11/2019    Introduction to Hedgelaying    2 Days

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

All aspects of hedge laying including: Identify different hedge laying styles; Identify suitable hedge species; Undertake the different stages of hedge laying, pleaching, stacking and binding; Lay a number of hedges of different sizes types and ages; Use and maintain the different hand tools needed in hedge laying.

Cost £160.00


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



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