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Training Directory: Practical Countryside Skills Short Courses

drystone wall (image: Sue Rickhuss / Pixabay)

Practical Countryside Skills  - Short Training Courses

 

Training in the practical aspects of countryside management techniques such as dry stone walling and hedge laying.

Courses looking at the theory behind these employing these techniques are another page.

Practical training in using and maintaining machinery e.g, chainsaw use, pesticide application and specialist driving courses are on another page.

First aid and health and safely type courses have a separate page.

25/01/2020 Hedgerow Coppicing and Somerset Hedge Laying 2 Days

Manor Farm, Sopworth, Chippenham, Cotswolds Conservation Board 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/2Ncyo9m

Come and learn about: the skills of coppicing, tree felling and hedge laying, what tools are needed, how to use them, the specialist wildlife that benefits from coppicing, a bit of history of woodland coppicing, how to identify and extract a range of coppice products and uses for harvested coppice.

Cost £120.00

01/02/2020 Hedgelaying - Beginners (Midlands Style) 2 Days

Fosse Cross, Cotswolds Conservation Board 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/803/hedgelaying-beginners-midlands-style

This course is taught in the Midlands style. For further information on the different hedgerow styles visit www.hedgelaying.org.uk. On the course 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.

Cost £120.00

08/02/2020 Hedgelaying - Beginners (Midlands Style) 2 Days

Whichford Hill Farm, OX15 5BX, Cotswolds Conservation Board 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/837/hedgelaying-beginners-midlands-style

This course is taught in the Midlands style. For further information on the different hedgerow styles visit www.hedgelaying.org.uk. On the course 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.

Cost £120.00

13/02/2020 Coppicing for Conservation 1 Day

Nower Wood, Mill Way, leatherhead KT22 8QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk c-js.info/32tNEo6

Learn about the history of coppicing before mastering the practical skills of this ancient woodland management technique.

Cost £35.00

15/02/2020 Hedgerow Coppicing 1 Day

Manor Farm, Sopworth, Chippenham, Cotswolds Conservation Board 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/795/hedgerow-coppicing

Come and learn about: the skills of coppicing and tree felling, what tools are needed, how to use them, the specialist wildlife that benefits from coppicing, a bit of history of woodland coppicing, how to identify and extract a range of coppice products and uses for harvested coppice.

Cost £59.00

17/02/2020 Hedgelaying - Beginners (Somerset Style) 2 Days

Westonbirt, Cotswolds Conservation Board 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/817/hedgelaying-beginners-somerset-style

This course is taught in the Somerset style. For further information on the different hedgerow styles visit www.hedgelaying.org.uk. On the course 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.

Cost £120.00

22/02/2020 Introduction to Horse Logging 1 Day

East Ruggers Green Wood, Nailsworth, Cotswolds Conservation Board 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/810/introduction-to-horse-logging

Participants will gain hands-on experience of working with these beautiful animals in one of our sustainably managed woodland sites, how to prepare the horses for work and manoeuvre them through the woodland using rein and voice commands. Participants will learn about the various methods and tools used for extracting wood.

Cost £99.00

22/02/2020 Hedgelaying - Beginners (Somerset Style) 2 Days

Sopworth, Chippenham, Cotswolds Conservation Board 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/797/hedgelaying-beginners-somerset-style

This course is taught in the Somerset style. For further information on the different hedgerow styles visit www.hedgelaying.org.uk. On the course 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.

Cost £120.00

07/03/2020 Hedgelaying - Beginners (Midlands Style) 2 Days

Fosse Cross, Cotswolds Conservation Board 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/804/hedgelaying-beginners-midlands-style

This course is taught in the Midlands style. For further information on the different hedgerow styles visit www.hedgelaying.org.uk. On the course 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.

Cost £120.00

11/03/2020 Hedgelaying - Beginners (Somerset Style) 2 Days

Westonbirt, Cotswolds Conservation Board 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/817/hedgelaying-beginners-somerset-style

This course is taught in the Somerset style. For further information on the different hedgerow styles visit www.hedgelaying.org.uk. On the course 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.

Cost £120.00

30/03/2020 LANTRA Level 2 (Intermediate) Dry-stone Walling Course 8 Days

Stanway Stone, Nayles' Barn, Cutsdean, Cheltenham, Cotswolds Conservation Board 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/819/lantra-level-2-intermediate-dry-stone-walling-course

Learn techniques/skills required to strip down/rebuild 2.5 m2 of dry-stone wall, incorporating a cheek end. Applicants must meet at least ONE of the following: Hold a LANTRA Level 1 certificate + MINIMUM 6 months experience working as a dry-stone waller or MINIMUM 2 years’ working as a full-time dry-stone waller.

Cost £320

18/04/2020 Dry Stone Walling 1 Day

Pensychnant Conservation Centre near Conwy in North Wales, Wales Branch of Dry Stone Walling Association 01766 513213 pasmyth@btinternet.com www.drystonewalling.wales/

Aimed at beginners and content varies and includes some or all of dismantling a section of wall and rebuilding it to the coping (top) stones

Cost £30.00

30/05/2020 Dry Stone Walling 1 Day

Rhyd y Creuau Feils Studies Centre near Betws y Coed in North Wales, Wales Branch of Dry Stone Walling Association 01766 513213 pasmyth@btinternet.com www.drystonewalling.wales/

Aimed at beginners and content varies and includes some or all of dismantling a section of wall and rebuilding to the coping (top )stones.

Cost £30.00

27/06/2020 Dry Stone Walling 1 Day

Pensychnant Conservation Centre near Conwy in North Wales, Wales Branch of Dry Stone Walling Association 01766 513213 pasmyth@btinternet.com www.drystonewalling.wales/

Aimed at beginners and content varies and includes some or all of dismantling a section of wall and rebuilding to the coping (top) stones.

Cost £30.00

01/08/2020 Dry Stone Walling 1 Day

Pensychnant Conservation Centre near Conwy in North Wales, Wales Branch of Dry Stone Walling Association 01766 513213 pasmyth@btinternet.com www.drystonewalling.wales/

Aimed at beginners and content varies and includes some or all of dismantling a section of wall and rebuilding to the coping (top) stones.

Cost £30.00

12/09/2020 Dry Stone Walling 1 Day

Pensychnant Conservation Centre near Conwy in North Wales, Wales Branch of Dry Stone Walling Association 01766 513213 pasmyth@btinternet.com www.drystonewalling.wales/

Aimed at beginners and content varies and includes some or all of dismantling a section of wall and rebuilding to the coping (top) stones.

Cost £30.00

03/10/2020 Clawdd Walling Course 2 Days

Bethel near Caernarfon in North Wales, Wales Branch of Dry Stone Walling Association 01766 513213 pasmyth@btinternet.com www.drystonewalling.wales/

A clawdd wall is a stone faced earth bank and these walsl are used where the stone is unsuitable for a dry stone wall or where is a shortage of suitable stone. The stone is set vertically (like book-ends) in the earth bank.

Cost £80.00

10/10/2020 Introduction to Hedgelaying 2 Days

Greenwood Centre, Ironbridge, Small Woods Association 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

29/10/2020 Traditional Hedgelaying Workshop 2 Days

FSC Epping Forest, Field Studies Council 020 8502 8500 enquiries.ef@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/traditional-hedgelaying-workshop/

This two-day workshop offers both theory and practical sessions on the non-mechanised method of hedgelaying in the South of England style. Day one will cover topics such as the history, ecology and management of hedgerows, knowledge of the techniques and traditional tools used for hedgelaying and day two will be 'out in the field' working on a hedgerow. Course fee includes FSC fold-out chart: Guide to hedgerows.

Cost £90.00

If you are interested in any of the courses detailed please contact ONLY the person, centre, telephone number or email address and remember to mention that you saw the listing in CJS Training Directory. For all courses assume that booking is required and a fee may be applicable.