"Beautiful location. Excellent instructors" - Alan (Burford, Oxfordshire)


Welcome to Cotswolds Rural Skills

The Cotswolds Rural Skills website is 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. By working with local instructors, organisations, community groups and landowners we ensure that these courses are not only informative and practical but also make a noticeable and lasting contribution to the Cotswold landscape. So whether you want to try your hand at blacksmithing, stone carving, rebuild a 200 year old dry stone wall, or have a go at the ancient art of thatching, then one of these courses could be for you!  Booking online is easy just click on the course you're interested in, register and pay.

2018 Course Dates Now Available

Additional dates will be added over the coming weeks
so please check regularly

Upcoming Courses

Woodland Coppicing **COURSE CANCELLED**
24th February 2018 - Ullen Wood, Gloucestershire
Suitable for anybody with little or no experience of coppicing.
Hedgelaying - Beginners (Midlands Style) **COURSE FULL**
9th March 2018 - 10th March 2018 - Fosse Crosse, Gloucestershire
This course is suitable for anybody with little or no experience of hedgelaying
Introduction to Horse Logging **COURSE FULL**
10th March 2018 - Bisley Road (privately owned woodland), Stroud
A chance to gain practical experience of traditional horse logging and woodland management within the Cotswolds AONB.
Lime Mortar - Beginners **COURSE FULL**
10th March 2018 - 11th March 2018 - Ebworth Centre, Gloucestershire
Two day course gaining "hands-on" experience repairing and restorating an authentic 18th century Cotswold building using traditional lime mortar techniques
Dry Stone Walling - Beginners
10th March 2018 - 11th March 2018 - Friary near Bath
Spend two days in the glorious Cotswolds landscape rebuilding a historic dry stone wall.
LANTRA Accredited Level 1 Dry-stone Walling Course *ONLY 2 PLACES LEFT*
19th March 2018 - 31st March 2018 - Burford, Oxfordshire
Accredited Dry-stone walling course suitable for those who have attended a Beginners course or have some experience of dry-stone walling.
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Latest News

Cotswolds AONB Hedgelaying Competition 2017
Entries are now being taken for the 2017 championship which will be held on Saturday 18th November at Workham Farm, Fifield, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 6HS
Cotswolds Conservation Board reflects on the year looking after one of the nation's important landscapes
Cotswolds Farming Forum - Farming & the Cotswolds Landscape Post Brexit
JOB VACANCY: Finance & Administration Officer

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