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Learn rural skills and crafts at courses and workshops all over the UK. Countryside skills and smallholding practices are not just incredibly useful but also great fun! Learn hedge-laying chainsawing, orchard maintenance, grow your own veg, animal breeding, rearing and butchery. If you have dreams or becoming self sufficient, you'll need these skills!

Next course on 2nd September 2017
Practical dry stone walling course in Central London. These one day workshops are held at Red Cross Garden 50 Red Cross Way SE1 1HA. They are a 'hands on' introduction or improvement for DIY and interested persons of all ages over 16yrs. You will take down a dry stone wall (DSW) and stack out in the appropriate manner. You will build a DSW and learn the heritage and craft overview and geological terms of the...
Learn to spin your own yarn, with Diane Fisher of Murmuring Wheel, at Blaze Farm, Wildboarclough, Cheshire. Next date : Friday 11th August. Please get in touch to enquire or book your place. Dates also planned for later in the year. The day runs from 10am - 3pm and will cover basic spinning techniques and plying - aiming to finish with one or more skeins of your own handspun yarn! The course is aimed at...
The course is based at Woodland Ways yard in beautiful SSSI woodland in Worcestershire. You will be guided by David Llewellyn, a full time woodsman who started his own business in 2001 making traditional woodland crafts. He has since developed his business to incorporate woodland management and forestry and is well respected locally fulfilling contracts for Wildlife Trusts, Natural England, The Environment Agency as well as many private customers. The course is run at the...
Next course on 9th September 2017
One-day dry stone walling course. A unique opportunity to take part in constructing a 2m high, Permanant Dry Stone Boundary wall, in the heart of the Bedfordshire countryside. Probably the tallest DSW structure in the region !! These workshops are a 'hands on' experience to the introduction or improvement for DIY and interested persons of all ages over 16yrs. You will assess the ground and setting out of building pins, batter frames and lines. You...
Next course on 19th August 2017
Two day dry stone walling courses in locations throughout the North and close enough for people in the Midlands. ** NEW! Due to demand we do offer the possibility to do the same 2 day course but in one day - it is not for the feint hearted, we cover exactly the same syllabus, it is hard work but those that do it love it! Please contact us ** ** NEW! We also offer courses...
A course designed for complete beginners. You will learn how to adjust your scythe to fit you, the correct angle for the blade and a relaxed "all body" style of mowing. Sharpening and care are also included.
Next course on 11th November 2017
Home Dairying one day course with tutor Neil Clarke at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. With Christmas just around the corner, how about learning to make those special flavoured cheeses to impress your friends and family? You’ll leave the course with lots of ideas for soft and hard cheeses especially for Christmas, made with those extra special ingredients. You will take some samples home so please bring a cool box. We will also provide you...
Next course on 28th October 2017
Christmas in a Jar at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. Winter preserving is usually undertaken with Christmas in mind, and using up the last of the orchard and vegetable bounty. Spend a lovely day creating wonderful Christmas inspired preserves that will liven up your Christmas store cupboard or be given as handmade gifts. There are two dates for this course in 2017, participants can come to either or both. 28th October: Quince Cheese, Whisky Marmalade,...
This course can be done online or one to one at my workshop. Tools provided at my workshop or I can advise you where to buy your own. Sessions can be booked in 4 and 8 hour blocks but can then be broken down into bite sized two hour sessions. This helps with dealing with specific issues, time to practice and a revisit in the next session before progressing. Whilst you can have whichever suits...
Next course on 28th October 2017
Taxidermy - A Mouse In A Day Tutor: Jools Abbey The art of taxidermy is in preparing, stuffing and then mounting the skins of animals for display. These could be as hunting trophies, or for museum use or maybe the preservation of a beloved pet. Taxidermy is a Greek word for "arrangement of skin". On this one-day course you will learn the basic art using a mouse. Don't worry, it will have been bought from...