Rural Skills

We have listed our available courses in this category below. Please contact us for more information.

Hedgerow Management
Anyone who is interested in traditional field boundaries, ensuring that they give the very best opportunities for wildlife to flourish undisturbed.

NPTC Level 2 Award in the Transport of Animals by Road (Short Journeys)
Anyone involved in the transportation of animals by road on short journeys (over 65km and up to 8 hours duration) this qualification will ensure you meet the requirement for a Certificate of Competence outlined in the Council Regulation (EC) No1/2005 on the Protection of Animals During Transport and the Welfare of Animals (Transport) Order 2006.
The qualification is species specific (e.g. cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry, horses, game birds). It covers the legal requirements, journey planning, vehicle suitability, fitness to travel, causes and signs of stress in animals, space allowances, stocking densities, handling and animal welfare in transit and post journey
requirements.

Strained Wire Fencing
Anyone interested in learning the basic skills involved in strained wire stock fencing techniques.

Gate Making and Hanging
Anyone interested in learning the basic skills involved in making a farm ‘kit’ gate and the techniques used for hanging.

Practical Hedge laying – Live Hedge laying
Anyone interested in learning the basic skills involved in laying live hedging – also known as “Steeping” techniques.

Tree & Shrub Pruning
Anyone interested in learning the basic skills involved in pruning trees and shrubs.

Fruit Tree Pruning
Anyone interested in learning the basic skills involved in pruning fruit trees.

Stonewalling Techniques
Anyone interested in learning additional stonewalling techniques. Suitable for people who have completed a basic stonewalling course or have some experience.

Woodland Management
For anyone interested in the basic skills involved in Woodland Management techniques. Can be completed as part of the City and Guilds Level 3 Forestry and Arboriculture Qualification.

Interested in all types of Rural Skills?
We run programmes of courses for conservation of field boundaries incorporating skills such as hedgerow management, hedge laying, stonewalling, fencing and gate making – please contact us for more details

Special interest courses are added to our list regularly. Recent topics have covered subjects such as:
• Woodland Management
• Japanese Knotweed Awareness
• Habitat Management
• Tree and Plant Science