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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

06/11/2021 Woodland Coppicing 1 Day

Guiting Manor Farm, Guiting Power, GL54 5UX, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3ok1Lej

This is the method of periodically harvesting small areas of woodland, traditionally for a wide array of products. It encourages the re-growth of trees and shrubs. Learning: the skills of coppicing, using tools, a little of the history of woodland coppicing and the potential uses for harvested coppice.

Cost £65

20/11/2021 Dry Stone Walling - Beginners 2 Days

Burford, Oxfordshire, 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

27/11/2021 Hedgelaying 2 Days

Manor Farm, Sopworth, SN14 6PS, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3t41ESS

You will learn to: clear/prepare the hedge, cut and lay the pleachers, fix stakes, correctly use and maintain hedge laying tools and the benefits of hedgelaying for wildlife and landowners. In the Cotswolds, the most commonly used are the Midlands and Somerset styles, and it is these that we teach.

Cost £135

03/12/2021 Woodland Coppicing 1 Day

Voltaire's Wood, Nailsworth, GL6 9AL, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3ok1Lej

This is the method of periodically harvesting small areas of woodland, traditionally for a wide array of products. It encourages the re-growth of trees and shrubs. Learning: the skills of coppicing, using tools, a little of the history of woodland coppicing and the potential uses for harvested coppice.

Cost £65

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