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Cotswolds Rural Skills

A one stop shop for training courses and competitions in a wide range of rural skills and crafts throughout the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Dry Stone Walling, Blacksmithing, Hedgelaying & Coppicing, Willow Crafts & Flax Working, Horse Logging,Wool Weaving, Introduction to Scything, Chainsaw & Brushcutter Beginners.

Short Courses

30/07/2021 Lantra Brushcutter/Strimmers - maintenance and operation 1 Day

Cotswolds, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3eJVuC4

This course is designed for anybody with some experience of using brushcutters and/or trimmmers or who has previously gained their LANTRA certificate and would like to refresh their skills. The course is suitable for employees or volunteers in the fields of agriculture, horticulture, landscaping and grounds maintenance.

Cost £135

02/08/2021 Dry stone walling - beginners 2 Days

Jovial Foresters Nailsworth, GL6 0NH, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3t41ESS

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

Cost £110

07/08/2021 Dry stone walling - beginners 2 Days

Lansdown, Bath, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3t41ESS

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

Cost £110

07/08/2021 Woodland ecology 1 Day

Voltaire's Wood, Nailsworth, nr Stroud, Gloucestershire, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3e26v2A

A fantastic one day course focusing on the rich and diverse ecology of our broadleaf woodlands, from birds and mammals (we include camera trapping techniques and footage) to woodland plants, trees and much, much more! You will encounter a range of wildlife species on repeated short walks throughout the day.

Cost £55

08/08/2021 Green woodworking: spoon carving 1 Day

The Old Prison, Northleach, GL54 3JH, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3eEs1tf

This is a basic introduction to green wood working in the context of the woodlands where the material is sourced, followed by an introduction to whittling green wood, safe tool use and carving an item from a single fresh log, to take away at the end of the day.

Cost £110

14/08/2021 Scything 1 Day

Lord of the Manor hotel, Upper Slaughter, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3gPTPh4

Learn 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. There is an emphasis on safety around the very sharp blades. Austrian scythes used on the course are readily adjustable and very light.

Cost £110

14/08/2021 Dry stone walling - beginners 2 Days

Jovial Foresters Nailsworth, GL6 0NH, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3t41ESS

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

Cost £110

19/08/2021 Lantra brushcutter/strimmers - maintenance and operation 1 Day

Cotswolds, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3eJVuC4

This course is designed for anybody with some experience of using brushcutters and/or trimmmers or who has previously gained their LANTRA certificate and would like to refresh their skills. The course is suitable for employees or volunteers in the fields of agriculture, horticulture, landscaping and grounds maintenance.

Cost £135

21/08/2021 Stone carving 2 Days

Hawkwood College, Painswick Old Road, Stroud, GL6 7QW, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3xBfOy8

The art of stone carving has been around for a long time. On this course you will experience the satisfaction of being creative and engaging in the creative process by interacting with stone. You will learn the basic techniques of stone carving, the tools required and how you use them.

Cost £110

26/08/2021 Dry stone walling - beginners 2 Days

Stanway Stone Nayles' Barn, Cutsdean, Cheltneham GL54 5BU, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3t41ESS

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

Cost £110

27/08/2021 Green woodworking: spoon carving 1 Day

The Old Prison, Northleach, GL54 3JH, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3eEs1tf

This is a basic introduction to green wood working in the context of the woodlands where the material is sourced, followed by an introduction to whittling green wood, safe tool use and carving an item from a single fresh log, to take away at the end of the day.

Cost £110

28/08/2021 Dry stone walling - beginners 2 Days

Estcourt Estate, Tetbury, GL8 8XF, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3t41ESS

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

Cost £110

28/08/2021 Foraging and wild food 0.5 Day

Hill Farm Barn, Leckhampton Hill, GL53 9QL, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3eEvWGw

Discover a range of seasonal wild foods, whilst exploring the Cotswolds countryside. This is a fantastic opportunity to see what forageable delights await when you venture outdoors. You?ll learn about some key principles of foraging, plus matters of safety, and a little about the laws regarding harvesting wild food.

Cost £55

02/09/2021 Building with lime mortar 2 Days

Hill Farm Barn, Hartley Lane, Leckhampton Hill, Cheltenham, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/2PD4DEa

The course is a hands on experience of plastering and stone repairs. One of the important objectives of the course being held here is to repair the fabric of the building. It is aimed at home owners and beginners, learning many tips, tricks and the usual established techniques.

04/09/2021 Green woodworking: spoon carving 1 Day

The Old Prison, Northleach, GL54 3JH, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3eEs1tf

This is a basic introduction to green wood working in the context of the woodlands where the material is sourced, followed by an introduction to whittling green wood, safe tool use and carving an item from a single fresh log, to take away at the end of the day.

09/09/2021 Dry stone walling - beginners 2 Days

Tetbury, Gloucestershire, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3t41ESS

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

09/09/2021 Lantra brushcutter/strimmers - maintenance and operation 1 Day

, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3eJVuC4

This course is designed for anybody with some experience of using brushcutters and/or trimmmers or who has previously gained their LANTRA certificate and would like to refresh their skills. The course is suitable for employees or volunteers in the fields of agriculture, horticulture, landscaping and grounds maintenance.

11/09/2021 Scything 1 Day

Lord of the Manor hotel, Upper Slaughter, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3gPTPh4

Learn 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. There is an emphasis on safety around the very sharp blades. Austrian scythes used on the course are readily adjustable and very light.

11/09/2021 Woodland ecology 1 Day

Voltaire's Wood, Nailsworth, nr Stroud, Gloucestershire, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3e26v2A

A fantastic one day course focusing on the rich and diverse ecology of our broadleaf woodlands, from birds and mammals (we include camera trapping techniques and footage) to woodland plants, trees and much, much more! You will encounter a range of wildlife species on repeated short walks throughout the day.

11/09/2021 Stone carving 2 Days

Hawkwood College, Painswick Old Road, Stroud, GL6 7QW, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3xBfOy8

The art of stone carving has been around for a long time. On this course you will experience the satisfaction of being creative and engaging in the creative process by interacting with stone. You will learn the basic techniques of stone carving, the tools required and how you use them.

16/09/2021 Lantra brushcutter/strimmers - maintenance and operation 1 Day

, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3eJVuC4

This course is designed for anybody with some experience of using brushcutters and/or trimmmers or who has previously gained their LANTRA certificate and would like to refresh their skills. The course is suitable for employees or volunteers in the fields of agriculture, horticulture, landscaping and grounds maintenance.

18/09/2021 Dry stone walling - beginners 2 Days

Stanway Stone Nayles' Barn, Cutsdean, Cheltneham GL54 5BU, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3t41ESS

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

19/09/2021 Green woodworking: spoon carving 1 Day

The Old Prison, Northleach, GL54 3JH, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3eEs1tf

This is a basic introduction to green wood working in the context of the woodlands where the material is sourced, followed by an introduction to whittling green wood, safe tool use and carving an item from a single fresh log, to take away at the end of the day.

25/09/2021 Dry stone walling - beginners 2 Days

Estcourt Estate, Tetbury, GL8 8XF, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3t41ESS

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

25/09/2021 Dry stone walling - beginners 2 Days

Lansdown, Bath, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3t41ESS

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

25/09/2021 Foraging and wild foods 0.5 Day

Hill Farm Barn, Leckhampton Hill, GL53 9QL, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3eEvWGw

Discover a range of seasonal wild foods, whilst exploring the Cotswolds countryside. This is a fantastic opportunity to see what forageable delights await when you venture outdoors. You?ll learn about some key principles of foraging, plus matters of safety, and a little about the laws regarding harvesting wild food.

30/09/2021 Dry stone walling - beginners 2 Days

Jovial Foresters Nailsworth, GL6 0NH, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3t41ESS

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