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 18th November 2018
Create a fun and sustainable Christmas Tree - perfect for indoors or out and re-useable for the garden in Spring.
During this one-day course you will discover the techniques used to make an alternative and contemporary Christmas Tree that can also be used again in the spring as a plant support!
Using a jig to support construction, you will learn how to stake up, organise and bind stakes securely prior to starting the weave. You...
- Next course on 8th November 2018
Join Andrew Brown-Jackson, a professional dry-stone waller and hedge layer, on this two day course at Creswell Crags.
Designed for those beginning the craft of hedge laying, Andrew will guide you through all steps with patience, allowing you to progress at your own pace with your own section of hedge.
If you already have the basics of hedge laying, and are looking to improve, Andrew will be able to assess and help you progress to...
Learn the ancient art of stained glass in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and make your own panel to display in your home.
Whether you're a beginner who's never handled glass or someone who has approached this craft before Stephen will follow your every step and make sure you leave with a stained glass panel you'll be proud of.
Stephen is a stained glass artist who loves a modern approach and strives on creativity. He...
Held in the lovely rural village of Temple just 15 miles south of Edinburgh, our half day candle making workshop will give you the basic skills to create a scented container candle made from 100% natural soy wax choosing from a selection of fine fragrance oils. Our groups are kept small (a maximum of 10) to allow for individual attention.
- Overview of the different types of wax and their differences in candle...
Thurs 4th May - Hares, Wed 11th July - Sheep, Fri 21st Sept - Hens & Cockerels, Wed 10th Oct - Deer, Thur 13th Nov - Hares, Thur 6th Dec - Angels
Willow Hares: Make a life size willow hare to nestle in your garden border - looking alarmed - as they do.
Willow Deer: Spend your day creating your very own life size small willow deer – some 2 ½ - 3ft high -...
Your tutors will guide you through the process from selecting a log through to a completed spoon.
The session includes:
* Tool review - an overview of the various tools available for spoon carving and similar projects
* Timber selection - what type of wood and what parts of the log are best and what to avoid
* Spoon design - overview of the proportions and features of spoons for different uses
* Cleaving/splitting timber...
Try your hand at hexagonal weave basketry and make a hexagonal-weave basket while discovering pattern and unity in nature and many of the world’s traditional cultures. Deepen your understanding of the order in nature and how to apply principles of harmony such as the golden ratio into your work and design practice. You'll also learn how to weave a traditional willow tatza (celtic knot) basket and woven spheres.
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...
How can we ensure the survival of honey bees?
This weekend Course on sustainable beekeeping is run by Bees for Development at Ragman's Lane Permaculture Farm, in the Wye Valley.
The Course covers the management of bees, and natural ways to take care of them.
Meet the bees - a hands-on look at honey bee colonies housed in different hives
The natural life-cycle of honey bees - bee biology and ecology
New for 4th August:- Help build a permanant DSW 'Sheep Creep' feature, built in one of the paddocks to include: four Cheek Ends, installing: Foundations, Tie Stones, Through Stones, Lintels, Vertical Top Stones
These one day workshops are a 'hands on' introduction or improvement for DIY and interested persons of all ages over 16yrs.
You will build a DSW and learn the heritage and craft overview and geological terms of the different material, the engineering...