& Rural Skills
Welcome to Traditional and Rural Skills, Bath
We are based at Friary – an historic location just outside Bath.
We have fully-qualified tutors, well-maintained machinery, good access to public transport, parking, catering and a comfortable classroom with washing facilities on site.
Vocational, career-designed courses
for people wanting to work on the land, get qualifications and set up their
Courses include: brushcutters and trimmers; using powered pole pruners; chainsaw maintenance; dry stone walling; first aid; health & safety; and business planning. Most courses are certified by LANTRA or an equivalent organisation.
Traditional skills, leisure courses and events
for individuals who do not require certification, but would like a good level
Courses include: iron work; the preparation of wild game; dry stone walling (certification available); ditch and grass blade scything; an introduction to bee-keeping; wildflower meadow seeding; creating a sensory garden and cob
Corporate team-building and
with full catering and 5 AA star residential facilities. Private fishing and clay pigeon shooting available.
A valuable and unique experience in working and creating together.
Programmes are designed to order.
Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
Sandwich and soup or ploughman’s luncheon is provided for all vocational courses and included in the price.
Equipment purchase advice. Good public transport access and parking on site.
Living Willow Workshop
Saturday, 9th March 10am - 12.30pm
Mary Cross of Organic Matters, Nunney, will be showing us how to plant willow to create arches, hedges, dens and tunnels or other interesting structures in our gardens. Enjoy a hearty breakfast and hot drinks before we start. You can also watch a video film on the history of Coates Willow showing the historical development of this thriving Somerset industry.
Early Birdsong Walk
Sunday, 28th April 7:30am - 10am
Sustainable Bee Gaurdian
Saturday, 22nd June 10am - 12.30pm
North Somerset Sustainable Bees have a nurturing approach, acting as ‘guardians’ for the bee population within their local environment. Members optimise this habitat by planting forage which is available for all insects throughout the year. They avoid chemical interference, to the extent of not treating for varroa, letting natural selection to take its course in order to encourage a genetically-strong, possibly varroa-resistant, bee population.
The Nowhere Forge
Sunday, 7th July 10am - 12.30pm
Simon Bushell and The Nowhere Forge will be visiting for an entralling demonstration.
This journeyman blacksmith and iron artist is totally unique in his field. An experience not to be missed.