Success stories

Dorset Centre for Rural Skills

Dorset Centre for Rural Skills (DCRS) was established in 2003 as a not-for-profit, training enterprise with the aim of 'keeping rural skills alive'. It achieved the Social Enterprise Mark in 2009 and was one of the first organisations in Dorset to do so.

For over 10 years DCRS has run specialist courses in traditional renovation of buildings using Lime.

DCRS has a strong environmental ethos and runs courses in Straw Bale Building for those who wish to self-build sustainably. The original two-day Straw Bale Building course format was pioneered by Rob Buckley over 10 years ago and is still going strong today.

Courses in rural skills include Welding, Blacksmithing, and Glassblowing. See the full range of courses available.

DCRS is committed to 'keeping rural skills alive' through courses and local and national publicity. Our courses have been featured in The Telegragh and on BB2's Heritage Heroes, as well as other programmes and publications.

To learn new and useful practical skills for life, have a go, or experience a fun day out exploring the real working world of rural craftsmen - book a course with us. All our tutors are professionals working within their fields winning top commissions and accolades and exhibiting at the highest level.