The Estate and Rural Skills course encompasses basic countryside stewardship, estate maintenance and the rural craft skills of green woodworking and blacksmithing. Students develop broad skills through activities such as fencing, building and maintaining footpaths, planting, coppicing, pruning shrubs and trees and preparing firewood.
Projects can be chosen in both blacksmithing and green woodworking and students are helped to create useful and pleasing artefacts using the skills they have gained over time. Our young people learn to use tools and machinery: safe working practices are actively fostered and due emphasis placed on Health and Safety.
Our focus is on helping students to find their confidence in the outdoor environment and in adopting a broad and sustainable approach to caring for the landscape. Most of the materials we use are either sourced on site or locally and students are encouraged to take initiative and personal responsibility for a small area of the estate.