Rural Skills

Keeping the skills alive

Traditional rural skills such as dry-stone walling and hedgelaying have played an important role over time in moulding the distinctive and unique landscape of the Cotswolds AONB that we see around us today. However the significant change in land management practices over the past century has resulted in many of these features being left neglected and falling into disrepair.

With the aim of keeping many of these skills alive, the Cotswolds Conservation Board organises an annual programme of courses in a range of traditional rural crafts including dry-stone walling, hedgelaying, blacksmithing, woodland coppicing, thatching and more.

Find our more by visiting our Cotswolds Rural Skills Courses