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Upcoming Courses

Fri 3rd August

Cob Maintenance

Fri 17 August

Welding Day

Fri 17 & Sat 18 Aug

Hazel Chair Making

Welding Courses

Our Welding Day is so popular we have had to put on extra dates! Click here for more info..

Low-Impact Network

Low Impact Network

As of June 2012 we became a part of the Low-Impact Network which is administered by LILI, the Low Impact Living Initiative.

Heritage Heroes

If you missed episode 11 of BBC2's Heritage Heroes featuring DCRS you can watch it here using QuickTime

DCRS Construction

DCRS's sister company undertakes commercial building works, naturally specialising in sustainable and traditional building by it's small, specialist team. Click here to view current projects

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Tai Chi

Tai Chi classes are held in our lovely straw bale hall on Wednesday evenings. Phone 01747 811099 for details.

Dorset Centre for Rural Skills

straw bale building course at Dorset Centre for Rural Skills DCRS with Rob Buckley.  build a straw bale house
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.

The centre also boasts a large hall, glassblowing studio, forge and pottery studio.


Rob Buckley outside the Straw Bale House at DCRS Rob Buckley, Director at DCRS.

“Sustainable 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".

DCRS, Willow Barn, Farrington, Blandford, Dorset DT11 8RA

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