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Courses to keep rural skills alive

Series of workshops designed to improve greenspaces

Learn the traditional skills of hedgelaying or dry stone walling this autumn

People who want to help keep history alive by learning a traditional rural skill can sign up for a range of courses starting next month. 

The sessions, which are supported by Leicestershire County Council in partnership with Blaby District Council, Charnwood Borough Council and Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, are aimed at people with little or no previous experience of rural techniques.

Courses on offer include dry stone walling and hedgelaying. An advanced hedgelaying course, for those who would like the opportunity to further develop their skills, will be available early next year.


We are committed to preserving and enhancing the natural environment across Leicestershire.

These sessions are a great way for residents to try their hand at something new, gain valuable experience and make a noticeable and lasting contribution to the local landscape.


Anyone is welcome to attend the courses, with discounts being offered to those who live in a partnership area, which covers Blaby, Charnwood and Hinckley and Bosworth, as well as those on job seekers allowance.

The courses on offer are:

Introduction to dry stone walling: Outwoods, Loughborough, 22 and 23 September 2018, £70 per person; £60*

Learn how to recognise the different types of stone and their role within the building process. Strip down and repair a section of tumbledown wall, rebuilding it back to its original state using different types of stone.

Hedgelaying for beginners: Bardon Hill, Coalville, 17 and 18 November 2018, £70 per person; £60*

Learn about the art and practice the traditional skills of laying a hedge. Go through the various processes of hedgelaying, with time to lay a section of hedge, stake and bind it.  

Advanced hedgelaying: 12 and 13 January 2019, Sharnford, £70 per person; £60*

A natural progression from the beginner’s course, the session provides plenty of opportunities to develop knowledge and practice skills with ongoing tuition and demonstrations.

Due to the practical nature of each course, a reasonable degree of physical ability is required.

Booking is essential, so to ensure a spot on any of these courses, please contact Leicestershire County Council’s environment team on 0116 305 7264 or email

*partnership discount applies to anyone living in Blaby, Charnwood or Hinckley and Bosworth district.

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