The Devon Rural Skills Trust exists to keep alive the traditional country skills which make the Devon landscape special.
The trust will be demonstrating a range of traditional skills at the Lustleigh Show, and you can find out more about their courses, workshops, and work.
About the Devon Rural Skills Trust…
In recent years, methods such as creating dry stone walls and hedge banks have been threatened, with a loss of traditional family craft tradition, where knowledge was passed father to son.
The Devon Rural Skills Trust was established in 1980 with a view to safeguarding the future of those traditional skills whilst the men and women who practised them were still able to pass on their knowledge.
During this time the Trust has trained thousands of people, enabling them to work professionally within the rural sector and provided many others with the skills and knowledge to practice traditional rural skills in their leisure time.
The DRST runs regular courses throughout the year and a training scheme to promote a variety of rural skills including dry stone walling, hedge laying, coppicing, and cob building.