Courses for Forces Rural Skills Project

Courses for Forces Rural Skills Project

Our Courses for Forces Rural Skills Project programme, funded by the Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant supported transitioning and ex-service armed forces personnel in a free 8 week course learning the basic skills in Green Woodworking, Rural Skills and Therapeutic Horticulture; plus Health and Safety and tool use and maintenance.

Having completed this programme our students then had the opportunity to volunteer their time as Mentors to work with our young people and together they embarked on a 4 week course of training which reinforced our Ex-service students newly learnt skills; and provided them with the opportunity to mentor and support these young people on their own journey of learning and self development.

During the programme they covered:

Rural Skills

  • Woodland management – Conservation, coppicing and coppice craft.
  • Hedge laying (Winter); stone walling (Summer).
  • Charcoal making.
  • Waterway management – conservation and restoration.
  • Agri-forestry and small tree felling.
  • Introduction to Heavy Horses used in a forestry setting.


  • Sowing seeds and propagation by stem and leaf cuttings.
  • Identify plants, weeds and pests.
  • Garden design and structures.

Green Woodworking

  • Making rustic furniture.
  • Pole Lathe and Shave Horse.
  • Steam bending.
  • Making utensils.

Our transitioning and ex-service students were also able to gain qualifications in 1 or all of the following:

  • Leadership training.
  • Outdoor First Aid Certificate Level 2.
  • First Aid in the Workplace Level 3.
  • Chainsaw Qualification – maintenance, use and crosscut.
  • Chainsaw Qualification – small tree felling.
  • (Chipper Level 2)
  • (Forestry and Aboriculture Level 2)

These Qualifications and Accreditations were delivered by our partners.

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