Walls for the future
Part of heritage, part of landscape

Our Courses

Building and Construction Level 1

Wednesdays 2 pm – 5 pm

starts June 19 2019- July 24 2019 – this course acts as an excellent introduction for the beginner or the keen DIYer to the practical skills and theory required to undertake path construction, in order to work in the construction industry or to complete projects at home.

You will work towards an AIM award Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Employment and Further Learning.

This course will include  Hard Landscaping and Stone path work taught by ourselves, focusing on paved areas and woodland paths.

please contact Derbyshire Eco Centre for details 01629 533038

or ecocentre@derbyshire.gov.uk

or www.derbyshire.gov.uk/ecocentre

Dry Stone Walling with the Brightside Project

This is two day taster session in dry stone walling in Buxworth

Glossop Centre 01457 852545

Have a go at Dry Stone Walling !

Dry Stone Walling Taster sessions at High Peak Bookstore, Brierlow Bar, Buxton.  These courses are aimed at anyone who wants to gain the basic knowledge and skills to repair dry stone walls.

All courses are practical and are held outside at the bookstore, regardless of weather, so dress appropriately, and wear stout boots (hiking boots/toecaps) and you may wish to bring your own gloves.

for details contact  Buxton Fairfield Centre 01298 214175 or buxton.ace@derbyshire.gov.uk



Mentoring is available in order to facilitate learners to achieve LANTRA/DSWA Level 1 Initial, or Level 2 Intermediate, or Level 3 Advanced, or DSWA Master Craftsman certification.

Level 3 Advanced certificate

DSWA/LANTRA Level 3 (Advanced ) course

We run periodically, a Level 3 course  please contact the Derbyshire Eco Centre for details

This course is for very experienced working wallers who hold a Level 2 (Intermediate) certificate and have considerable recent experience of walling in a variety of settings

The course has two sections – Part A and Part B

Part A – Building features specific to Level 3 criteria, curves, high walls, lunkies and on sloping ground

Part B – Building retaining walls

Guidance and instruction in gaining accreditation as a dry stone waller

  • Level 1 / Initial Certificate (DSWA/LANTRA)           starts August 13 2019
    gain the basic knowledge and skill to repair a dry stone wall to a satisfactory standard.
  • Level 2 / Intermediate Certificate (DSWA/LANTRA)    starts Spring 2020
    develop skills learnt on level 1 and learn to build a wall end.
  • Level 3 / Advanced Certificate (DSWA/LANTRA)
    build on level 1 and 2 skills, and build features such as curves, high walls, walls on sloping ground, retaining walls and lunkys and water pens.

Contact Derbyshire Eco Centre by email at ecocentre@derbyshire.gov.uk or call 01629 533038 or visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/ecocentre

Coaching for Level 4 / Master Craftsman Certificate (DSWA)

We can coach individuals through the taking of this qualification.

Countryside Management

Gain practical skills to help conserve our unique countryside.

We also teach various countryside activities incorporating a variety of practical skills and portfolio building, covering areas such as an introduction to dry stone walling, planting and maintaining a woodland, building and maintaining paths, repairing and maintaining tools and understanding health and safety within land based activities.

Contact Derbyshire Eco Centre by email at ecocentre@derbyshire.gov.uk or call 01629 533038

Walling in Gardens

Learn to build different features in gardens, such as steps, retaining walls, corners, wall ends, walls on slopes, and curved walls.

July 27 and 28 2019 -  10 am to 4 pm  at Derbyshire Eco Centre -     Building high walls

contact the Derbyshire Eco Centre for details

Team Building and Corporate Bonding

Enjoy the team effort of building a wall together; combining team work principles, problem solving and communication skills, whilst working in the great outdoors doing a sustainable and traditional craft.