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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

01/05/2021 Green Woodworking & Woodlands 1 Day

The Old Prison, Northleach, GL54 3JH, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3vCxZ5C

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

01/05/2021 Dry Stone Walling - Beginners 2 Days

Burford, Oxfordshire, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3vOEen8

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

08/05/2021 Grasslands and Meadow Plant Identification 1 Day

Manor Farm, Sopworth, Wiltshire, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3lumFE2

You will focus on identifying between a range of plant species associated with grassland and meadow habitats, through their appearance and botanical keys. These identification skills will be taught by a combination of field-work and class-room sessions directed at the species encountered on walks, plus information about the species themselves.

Cost £55

15/05/2021 Introduction to 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/30XwwIU

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

15/05/2021 Woodland and Bushcraft Introdcution 2 Days

West Ruggers Green Wood, Nailsworth, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/30Se4l0

An introduction to Bushcraft over two days (and a night!) in the woods. We offer fire lighting techniques and top down fires (cake tins provided to make a meal!); shelter construction; water filtration; whittling; useful knots; friction fire lighting; preparing and cooking game; backwoods cooking without utensils, and much more!

Cost £120

19/05/2021 Stone Carving - Beginners 2 Days

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

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

20/05/2021 Introduction to Lime and Lime Plastering - Beginners 2 Days

Hill Farm Barn, Hartley Lane, Leckhampton Hill, , Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/2P77vsk

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.

Cost £270

26/05/2021 Pond Flora and Fauna Identification 1 Day

Manor Farm, Sopworth, Wiltshire, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/2OMUSCH

Curious about hawkers and darters? Interested in learning how to identify aquatic plant and invertebrate species by sight? We will focus on identifying a range of wildlife associated with pond and aquatic habitats. These identification skills will be taught by a combination of field-work and class-room sessions.

Cost £55

29/05/2021 Green Woodworking & Woodlands 1 Day

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

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

29/05/2021 Dry Stone Walling - Beginners 2 Days

Lansdown, Bath, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3rZw0WZ

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

05/06/2021 Dry Stone Walling - Beginners 2 Days

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

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

05/06/2021 Foraging and Wild Foods 1 Day

Hill Farm Barn, Hartley Lane, Leckhampton Hill, Glos. , Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/2Ob1wCu

Discover a range of seasonal wild foods and see what forageable delights await. Key principles of foraging, plus matters of safety, and will also touch on the laws regarding harvesting wild food will be explained. Please do not expect to take a huge amount of items away with you.

Cost £55

05/06/2021 Introduction to Tree Identification 1 Day

Notgrove Estate, Cheltenham, Glos. GL54 3BS, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3sICGJm

Identify native broadleaved trees, using a range of key features linked to the tree's annual growth cycle, including buds, twigs, bark and fruits/seeds. Also outline indicator tree species of ancient woodland habitats. It will interest those undertaking Phase 1 Habitat surveys, as well as an overview of different habitat types.

Cost £55

09/06/2021 Grasslands and Meadow Plant Identification 1 Day

Manor Farm, Sopworth, Wiltshire, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/31BFOLh

You will focus on identifying between a range of plant species associated with grassland and meadow habitats, through their appearance and botanical keys. These identification skills will be taught by a combination of field-work and class-room sessions directed at the species encountered on walks, plus information about the species themselves.

Cost £55

10/06/2021 Dry Stone Walling - Beginners 2 Days

Tetbury, Gloucestershire, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/39BG5lM

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

10/06/2021 Stone Carving - Beginners 2 Days

Hawkwood College, Painswick Old Road, Stroud, GL6 7QW, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3rI4DzI

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

12/06/2021 Introduction to 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/39zdXj4

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

17/06/2021 Dry Stone Walling - Beginners 2 Days

Stanway Stone, Nayles' Barn, Cutsdean, Cheltenham, Glos. GL54 5BU, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/2PhjTXb

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

19/06/2021 Woodland and Bushcraft Introdcution 2 Days

West Ruggers Green Wood, Nailsworth, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/39xSeIl

An introduction to Bushcraft over two days (and a night!) in the woods. We offer fire lighting techniques and top down fires (cake tins provided to make a meal!); shelter construction; water filtration; whittling; useful knots; friction fire lighting; preparing and cooking game; backwoods cooking without utensils, and much more!

Cost £120

30/06/2021 Introduction to Tree Identification 1 Day

Notgrove Estate, Cheltenham, Glos. GL54 3BS, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3dkCedO

Identify native broadleaved trees, using a range of key features linked to the tree's annual growth cycle, including buds, twigs, bark and fruits/seeds. Also outline indicator tree species of ancient woodland habitats. It will interest those undertaking Phase 1 Habitat surveys, as well as an overview of different habitat types.

Cost £55