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Building and making

Be constructive - develop your skills for DIY, dry stone walling, sustainable building and coppice crafts.


Building and Making

Take a look at our course search for this season’s courses, where you can find information about the course, fees how to book.

Construction skills

We can help you to get confident in skills that are the building blocks of good home maintenance. They can also give you a taste of working in the construction trades. Care for older properties and discover how to use time proven techniques for new builds and projects. One day introductions and longer courses to produce finished items.

Suitable for DIY enthusiasts, craftspeople, planners and building professionals.

Sustainable building

Get practical guidance and hands on experience in using sustainable materials and in reducing energy and water use in buildings. Understand the links between new and old technologies, and their role in the carbon reduction debate. Gain practical experience of how renewables can realistically be applied in the UK, and gain basic engineering skills.

Suitable for DIY enthusiasts, project leaders, planners and building professionals.

Dry stone walling

Gain the skills to earn a living, conserve the landscape and create new features. Learn with craftsmen in spectacular settings. Courses in short blocks, spread over several months.

Suitable for those wanting to enter the profession, and working wallers wanting to develop their skills further.

Coppice crafts

Practical uses of willow to make elegant structures for home, the garden, and as part of mixed media crafts. Modern applications of living willow and traditional buff willow crafts. Woodland craft skills that use the products of traditionally managed woodlands in a sustainable way. Friendly, small groups to help everyone succeed in greenwood construction.

Suitable for beginners and experienced woodsmen, using our own woodland crafts area. To find out more email: ecocentre@derbyshire.gov.uk or tel: 01629 533038.