Dorset Centre for Rural Skills
Straw bale building course at DCRS
Dorset Centre for Rural Skills (DCRS)
is an established, not-for-profit, training centre with accredited Social Enterprise status based in north Dorset
between Blandford and Shaftesbury.
The Centre runs specialist courses in traditional renovation of buildings
such as the use of Cob and Lime.
DCRS has a strong environmental ethos and runs courses in Straw
Bale Building for those who wish to build their own straw bale house and an introduction to Permaculture Design.
Courses in rural skills include Welding, Blacksmithing, Hurdle
Making Hedge Laying, Stone Carving and Glassblowing.
See the full range of courses available. All courses
take place here in our large workshop at the Centre in our converted barn.
also boasts a large hall, glassblowing studio, forge and
Rob Buckley, Director at DCRS.
building not only provides homes that are a joy to live in,
but also stimulates local economies and eliminates the damaging
impact the construction industry is having on the planet".