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 full time course is designed to help you to improve self-esteem, motivation and confidence and are aimed at people wishing to learn about rural skills and environmental conservation; and are considering working in, or developing a business in a land based industry. 

This is a hands on practical course run at Butterdon Wood, near Moretonhampstead.

Running Deer’s Rural Skills Course is available through Job Centre Plus, specifically aimed at those who are unemployed.  To register your interest please talk to your Job Centre advisor.

Rural Skills Course

Interested? Find out how to enrol.

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

You will learn carpentry and green woodworking using unseasoned timber and will have the opportunity to create your own project 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

To enrol please talk to your Job Centre Advisor. Click the button below to visit the official Job Centre website.

Rural Skills Course

FREEContact Job Centre Plus.
Either Full Time (4 days a week over 6 weeks – Tuesday to Friday;) or part time 2 days a week for 12 weeks (Wednesday & Thursday).

Suitable for: anyone – we are particularly interested in working with people with additional needs.


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