Rural Skills

Traditional Rural Skills

A full time course in traditional rural skills.

Running Deer’s Rural Skills Course aims to cover all the main aspects of traditional linear boundary and woodland management using hand tools.

Our six week course is designed to help students improve self-esteem, motivation and confidence; those wishing to learn about rural skills and environmental conservation and/or considering work in, or developing a business in a land based industry.

These are hands on practical courses run at Butterdon Wood, near Moretonhampstead.

Running Deer’s Rural Skills Courses are specifically aimed at those who are unemployed including NEETS and those living in rural isolation with up to 4 participants per course.

Rural Skills Course

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On this course students will gain practical experience in woodland management, linear boundary management and green woodworking.  They will learn about environmental conservation and the importance of looking after a woodland to improve biodiversity and protect flora and fauna.

They will also learn carpentry and green woodworking  skills using unseasoned timber and will have the opportunity to create their own projects as part of the course.

Course Content:

  • Health and safety/ Risk assessments. PPE and responsibilities.
  • Tool use and maintenance.
  • Woodland management – conservation, coppicing, coppice crafts and other techniques.
  • Greenwood working – Using un-seasoned wood for a variety of projects.
  • Hedge Laying (Winter)
  • Stone Walling (Summer)
  • Charcoal making
  • Waterway management – Conservation and restoration.
  • Fencing

If you are a local or national business interested in sponsoring a Rural Skills Course course please contact us.

Rural Skills Course

£4560.00Sponsor this course!
This course is run over four days a week for six weeks (Tuesday - Friday), for a maximum number of four participants per course.

If you are a local or national business and would like to sponsor our Rural Skills course contact us.

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What our customers say about our Rural Skills programme...

  • "Everyday I'm learning skills that are really useful in my life and that are going to benefit me in my future."
    Sam Student
  • "It's given me a drive and is helping to pull me back's what I needed to be out here doing things!"
    Nat Student
  • "I have been looking for an outdoor job and this (course) has really helped!"
    Adam Student