At Notgrove we offer beginners dry stone walling training and improvers workshops which are both hands-on 2-day courses. These are led by highly skilled, qualified and experienced Instructors who are professional members of the Dry Stone Walling Association. These are a way forward to DSWA Craftsmen Certification, the only industry recognised and NVQ equivalent qualification in dry stone walling.
Whether you just want to have some fun and a go at something completely new, or develop your ability towards developing a specific skill in walling or progress to a DSWA qualification, our training aspires to engage at every level. Our courses run throughout the year, but not in inclement weather.
We can also arrange corporate events as part of a team building challenge or corporate activity day.
One of the best things about offering these courses is getting feedback from people when they finish their courses and they often tell us they have a real sense of satisfaction and achievement; have enjoyed being outside in the fresh air; have discovered new skills; and feel happy in the knowledge that they have helped to conserve one of the country’s most important landscapes – sometimes they even leave some ‘treasure’ in the walls which might be discovered in another 200 years. We pride ourselves on the fact that on our walling courses you will be making a dry stone wall in the Cotswolds National Landscape which is built to last!
This is not a course during which you will simply take down and rebuild the same piece of wall over and over again – on our courses, you will be building a wall that will remain part of the Cotswolds landscape for the next 100-200 years.
On the beginners course you can expect to spend two days surrounded by the beautiful Cotswolds landscape, learning about: dismantling walls, stone sorting, laying foundations, building up of the wall, adding through stones and coping stones, dressing the stone, different types of stone, the necessary tools and how to use them, and much more!
- Perfect for beginners, no experience necessary
- 2-day course
- £195 per person
- Suitable for people aged 16 and over
- The course is taught outside so please bring weather-appropriate clothing: warm clothing / layers, waterproofs, gloves, sturdy shoes/boots, hat, and sun cream.
- You will also need to bring a packed lunch and drinks, plus a pair of working/gardening gloves.
- All other tools and equipment will be provided.
- A portable toilet will be provided where toilet facilities are not available, with details provided in course joining instructions.
- Parking will be available with further details provided in the joining instructions.
We run a couple of workshops for those who have decided to take dry stone walling to a higher level, vocationally or as a part-time activity.
The fee for these sessions is £230 (2 days). You can book online and complete and Improvers Workshop Booking Form below, but when you book the Improvers dates please indicate the date you have completed a Beginners course and/or offer evidence of experience in dry stone wall building already, on the form. Please also indicate if you have a specific project or interest, such as building retaining walls for example so we can tailor the workshop to requirements.