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In the light of current news, courses are being cancelled and deferred till further notice.

The timing is uncertain, as is the current world situation..

DCRS is currently therefore 'dormant'.

No further bookings for dates will be taken, but continue to register your interest and normality will resume!

Stay well.

The DCRS team.

Some of our Upcoming Courses

For a full list please go to the courses page

Gift Letters

Gift letters are available for our courses valid for 12 months.these can be date specific, or 'open'

Please contact us

for details


Photo Galleries of Courses

Spoon Carving course pictures and Straw Bale Construction weekend pictures are on our Facebook page - you can find it by clicking on the link above on our website button bar!


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) 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.

We limit the number of places on all our courses to ensure the best quality learning experience.

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 can have on the environment we live in ".

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

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