Culm Valley Rural Skills Programme

Culm Valley Rural Skills Training Programme

Learn new skills for FREE - Every Tuesday & Thursday

How it works?

  1. Register your interest at the bottom of this page
  2. Fill out a registration form which will be sent to you via email
  3. Attend Coldharbour Mill on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays and start acquiring new Rural Skills
    We have a huge range of opportunities for all to participate in and learn from over the course of the year

You can join us as often as you like!

We also have some specific training days through out the year which anyone can attend, the first being:
Wednesday 2nd March – Wildlife Awareness & Law
Wednesday 9th March – Hedge Laying
Wednesday 16th March – Hedge Planting & Tree/Plant Identification

What could I learn from this opportunity?

  • Waterway Maintenance & Management
  • Fencing and other woodwork
  • Path/Walkway maintenance
  • Wet Lime Mortaring
  • Dry Stone Walling
  • Tool and Vehicle use
    Strimming, Ride-on Mowers, Utility Vehicles and Wood Chippers
  • Bird/Bat Box Creation and Installation
  • Hedge Laying & Planting
  • Habitat Creation
  • Tree Planting

We are pleased to be continuing our Rural Skills Training Programme in 2022 and beyond.

Our Rural Skills Development Programme creates opportunities for people in the community to gain new skills and in turn help to regenerate parts of the Estate and restore ecosystems.
Anyone can come and get involved with our Rural Skills sessions – but we have found that these opportunities can be vital to those who are unemployed or inactive and need support to transition into employed work. Overall, the experiences and the new, transferable skills acquired will provide a sound foundation for future employment. If you are isolated or lonely and are looking to re-establish personal interactions this project is also for you!

Our rural skills programme helps to develop and enhance our wildlife area was we develop a community leisure and education amenity. Part of the Estate includes an overgrown millpond and a meadow area and the project will considerably enhance its wildlife value – removing non-native invasive plants and restoring habitats for priority species.

800 metres of leat bank , and the banks of the half-hectare millpond will be improved, assisting the restoration of habitat for aquatic and semi-aquatic flora and fauna. The project will also aim to make the area more accessible to the local community, school groups and families.

Our project supervisor Alex will provides on-site skills development two days a week – Tuesdays & Thursdays – this will include fencing, tree planting, habitat creation and management, drystone walling and aqua lime mortaring.

Register your interest

Our Funders for this Project

We are very thankful to the funding that has allowed us to continue to provide meaningful opportunities to our community.

Devon County Council – Natural Capital Challenge Fund
The People’s Postcode Trust
The Nineveh Trust
Devon Community Foundation
Somerset Community Foundation